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Devils’ Cory Schneider To Make Return During Road Trip

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New Jersey Devils net minder Cory Schneider will make his return to the team during their seven-game road trip and will make at least one start in the net, according to Devils head coach John Hynes.

Schneider was recalled from his conditioning assignment with Binghamton of the American Hockey League and practiced Monday, and will backup Keith Kinkaid as New Jersey takes on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday evening.

“It’s more excitement and eagerness than nervousness,” Schneider said (h/t NHL.com). “To compete again, at this level, it’s fun. The way it ended last year in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs, you have that feeling in your mind, and that’s the level you want to get to again.”

Kinkaid is 5-2-1 with a 2.12 GAA and .925 save percentage over 8 games this season.

“It was the first time in a while [Schneider] has had his own net in an NHL practice and it was 55 minutes of good work,” Hynes said. “I think it’s important we take it day by day with the goalies. Kinkaid will play Tuesday, but we do have a back-to-back situation coming up (Nov. 5-6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators). Cory for sure will get in, but I can’t guarantee which game that will be.”

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Lightning Shopping Slater Koekkoek

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping defenseman, and former first round pick, Slater Koekkoek, according to SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Tampa Bay is now motivated to trade away their once prized prospect, who is currently playing with the Syracuse Crunch on a conditioning stint.

Koekkoek is waiver eligible and will become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights in the summer of 2019.

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Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky Will Not Dress Due To Team Incident

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that veteran goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will not dress for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators due to what is being described as an “incident”.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen stated the following:

“There are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture. An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values, so we made the decision that he would not be with the team for tonight’s game. This is an internal matter and we will have no further comment at this time.”

In corresponding moves, the Blue Jackets has recalled Jean-Francois Berube, and placed both Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Hannikainen on injured reserve.

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Leafs’ Frederik Andersen Targeting Saturday Return

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender Frederik Andersen said that he is eyeing the team’s upcoming game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday to make his return to the ice.

Andersen was placed on injured reserve on January 3rd, retroactive to December 23rd, and hasn’t played since December 22nd.

Despite his goal of a Saturday return, Maple Leafs’ head coach Mike Babcock is looking towards Monday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche as the best time for his return.

Babcock pours a little cold water on Andersen’s reveal, saying it might be Monday vs. Colorado. Hmmm…— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) January 9, 2019

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