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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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Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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