Bad news for the New Jersey Devils as they try to limit a potential covid-19 exposure identified on their team. Andrew Gross reports that starting goalie Mackenzie Blackwood and forward Jesper Bratt were added to the covid list before puck drop against the New York Islanders tonight, albeit for different reasons.
Blackwood has been an absolute wall to start the season. He’s posted a 1.90 goals-against average while stopping 94.8% of shots faced, including 98.7% of shots at five-on-five. That leaves the Devils with Scott Wedgewood as their starting goalie. Wedgewood has limited experience in the NHL, playing in 24 games since he broke into the league with the Devils in 2015-16. Wedgewood has stopped 90.3% of shots in his career while allowing 3.05 goals per 60 minutes. Eric Comrie and his 4.28 goals-against average and 86.8% save percentage in eight NHL games is the Devils third-string tendy.
Jesper Bratt signed a contract four days before the start of the season and was awaiting clearance to come to New Jersey on a work visa. Now that the work visa issue has been resolved, Bratt can start his quarantine for seven days, before hopefully joining the Devils, which is why he ended up on the covid list.
New Jersey doesn’t have a particularly condensed schedule this month, with only five games remaining this month after tonight’s contest with the Islanders. That might be the biggest thing working in their favour with their limited depth in net.
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