The New Jersey Devils managed to dig deep and gut out a 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals on Friday, even with injuries piling up. They won’t get much time to take a breather, either, as they turn around to a Saturday game against the Carolina Hurricanes with those bumps and bruises forcing lineup changes.
The Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Devils will be without the services of Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique and Jacob Josefson tonight because of injuries suffered during last night’s game against the Capitals.
The Devils will skate with 11 forwards and seven defensemen, as Steve Bernier, Stephen Gionta and Tim Sestito slide into their places.
Head coach Peter DeBoer tried to put a positive spin on the situation while noting that the Devils decided a minor league call-up wouldn’t be worth it.
“Same thing we dealt with last night,” DeBoer said. “The nice thing is we have some fresh legs going into the lineup with Bernier and Gionta and Sestito. In a back-to-back situation that’s not a bad thing. Obviously we’re missing some key people but I like the idea we’re getting some fresh legs in.”
Elias, 37, suffered an upper-body injury thanks to this unfortunate break:
Josefson seemed to suffer a leg injury while Henrique’s issue is undisclosed.
The Devils must soldier on anyway, and the Hurricanes – while uneven – present some upset threat. They thwarted the playoff-desperate Dallas Stars 4-1 on Thursday, for one.
The Los Angeles Kings aren’t just losing through three games. They’re getting embarrassed on a nightly basis.
Vancouver didn’t really need to exert all that much effort in dropping the Kings to 0-3-0, as the Canucks cruised to a 3-0 win on Tuesday.
Los Angeles has now been outscored by a troubling combined score of 12-2, losing every game by at least three goals.
It’s more than reasonable to say “it’s just three games.” Still, the Kings may rue these losses as much any other surprise 0-3-0 team, as all three of these losses have come at home.
Just look at the team at the other end of the rink. The Vancouver Canucks are already seven standings points ahead of the Kings, as they’ve gone 3-0-1 despite playing three of their first four contests on the road.
Maybe that provides a modicum of solace for the Kings … perhaps the Canucks are more competitive than expected? Amid plenty of doubts, Ryan Miller continued a strong start to his season, earning his 36th career shutout.
One way or another, Los Angeles needs to wake up.
They’ll wrap up a five game-homestand by hosting the Minnesota Wild on Friday and Colorado Avalanche on Sunday. If they’re still at a goose egg then, they might look at this opening stretch as the run that torpedoed their hopeful rebound from last season’s debacle.
Misery loves company, so at least there’s this:
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.