Newark, N.J. – The New Jersey Devils have struggled to impose 32 games in the 2019-20 season as competitive teams. CEO Ray Shero, in an effort to turn it around before a late-season comeback, transforms from incredible to impossible, the last negotiated 2018 Hack Trophy winner Taylor Hall – who led the team to 25 points – for one perspective pack and draft picks from the Arizona Coyotes.
Prior to that, Shero sent the AHL in November, goalkeeper Cory Schneider. Two weeks later, he fired coach John Hynes.
Despite significant changes in team makeup, life and hockey continue. As many devils found on Wednesday after skate breakfast, one player’s exit means that another player has the opportunity to gain valuable playing time.
“It gives some guys a little chance here. Obviously we’re not going to replace Taylor with a guy,” Captain Andy Greene said. “It gives some guys more opportunities whether it’s a five-on-five or a power play in different situations. the opportunity to prove that – everyone always wants more time for ice, and gives them the opportunity to prove it. “
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New Jersey have played their last two games without Hall in the team as he waited for the trade, so Wednesday night’s game with the Anaheim Ducks won’t be the first time his teammates have taken the ice without him. Jesper Bratt (9 points in 27 games) was supplemented by Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri, and interim coach Alain Nasreddine liked what he saw enough to keep a similar composition at home after the rest of the team’s weekend.
“I thought he made a very last game, used his speed and speed, that’s why you’re looking,” Nasreddine told Bratt, who will look to match his career with 35 points from two seasons before the potential of a major. role in the team.
The Devils coach also spoke about the team’s “work-in-progress” game, which is among the worst in the league at 12.8% before Wednesday’s game. The room is no longer an option for the benefit of the man, but Nasreddine also said he wants to see “more than a mindset” when his team is punishing.
“I don’t think there is a power play in the league that will tell you that they want to pass the ball for 40 seconds and then shoot it in the net,” he said. “I think what you want is to establish possession first and then when you have the opportunity to act, put it on the net. We have one of the best net-front players in the league at (Wayne Simmonds). With his unit, that the boat has to go there. “
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Whether it’s sparking new life in the power game or finding the next Hall Hall lineup, the message in the Devils locker was clear – it’s time for the rest of the team to “find their voice” as a veteran right-hander Kyle Palmieri put it .
“It’s a learning process, but at the same time they are going to play big minutes in close games and find ways to win,” the young player said. “This is how you become a better player, you find different ways to impact a game and I hope everyone in this room finds a way to do it.”
Although not the first Hall-of-Fame game this season, Wednesday night is the first true test of the forward who is no longer a member of the organization.
“When these changes happen, you know, we have to move on,” Greene said. “It’s an unfortunate part of the business, but we have to make sure we are ready to go out and play a hungry team tonight.”
The business continues to operate and the program continues with the Ducks (14-16-4, 32 points), a real threat to the New Jersey team’s transition.
“It’s always difficult to play against them,” Nico Hischier told Sporting News. “Of course, they are present, they are difficult to play against, they are good on the wall around the finish line, I think our decisions are important to us, that we do not offer them an easy offense and try to take them at our own speed. “
Hischier added that after New Jersey’s three-day suspension between games, the Devils have no excuse not to be ready to compete at home since the first fall. Greene voiced this idea, even in the light of Hall’s withdrawal from the list, saying that the team could “not blame anyone other than us in this closet” for how their season has been shaped so far.