Devils look to sweep home-and-home with Columbus

<p ><p >After a day off following the completion of a lengthy road trip, the Devils were back at practice Thursday morning.</p ></p ><p ><p >The team is preparing to host the Columbus Blue Jackets, just three days after posting a victory in Columbus that pushed them back atop the Metropolitan Division. The Devils have a big weekend ahead with another back-to-back- scenario, also visiting the Rangers in New York Saturday night.</p ><p >Coach John Hynes hosted a 45-minute high-intensity practice that wasn't without a temporary casualty. Defensemen <span >Will Butcher</span > was struck by a puck and had to be helped off the ice by his teammates. Butcher made it to the bench before going down the tunnel with training staff. Luckily, the rookie was able to return and finish off practice, quarterbacking the second power play unit.</p ><p >"You never want to see a guy go down in practice, and Will has been playing really well," Hynes said. "You always feel better when he comes back on the ice. He just took a shot in a tough spot and lost his wind."</p ><p >The practice also represented newcomer <span >Sami Vatanen</span >'s debut Prudential Center ice as a member of the Devils. Vatanen now has a couple of practices and three games under his belt, and his comfort level is growing.</p ><p >"I have to say, I've been very excited," Vatanen said. "I think we've played some good hockey, we got a big win last game. The boys have been really good. It was easy to come here and just be a part of the team. It's been really fun."</p ><p ><span ><code data-tlink="https://twitter.com/NJDevils/status/938807811273871362&quot; >Tweet from @NJDevils: ��After a long road trip, Sami Vatanen has arrived at The Rock! Welcome home, Sami! pic.twitter.com/9W423XSDW8&lt;/code ></span ></p ><p >Vatanen has had the luxury of being paired with <span >Andy Greene</span >, a defenseman he says is easy to work with, especially when there are quick adjustments to make.</p ><p >"He's helped me a lot," Vatanen said. "We spoke a lot before and after the games. He's very calm on the ice, it helps me to do my thing."</p ><p >While he's adjusted to a new defensive partner, Vatanen is still learning his way around Newark and the rink.</p ><p >"The equipment guys showed me the way," Vatanen said. "I had no idea where to come here. When I was driving, I think I drove once the wrong way. But it doesn't matter, I found my way here and I was early!"</p ><p >As practice began to wrap up, Hynes gathered his team at center ice and calmly led a discussion. The takeaway? One game at a time.</p ><p >"It's about tomorrow night," Hynes said. "It's a good challenge for us. We won the first game, and any time you play a team back to back, usually the game becomes more intense. We talked about process over outcome."</p ><p ><span ><code data-tlink="https://twitter.com/amandacstein/status/938807383379402752&quot; >Tweet from @amandacstein: #NJDevils lines at practice: pic.twitter.com/VaDf98EhTG&lt;/code ></span ></p ></p >

After a day off following the completion of a lengthy road trip, the Devils were back at practice Thursday morning.

The team is preparing to host the Columbus Blue Jackets, just three days after posting a victory in Columbus that pushed them back atop the Metropolitan Division. The Devils have a big weekend ahead with another back-to-back- scenario, also visiting the Rangers in New York Saturday night.

Coach John Hynes hosted a 45-minute high-intensity practice that wasn't without a temporary casualty. Defensemen Will Butcher was struck by a puck and had to be helped off the ice by his teammates. Butcher made it to the bench before going down the tunnel with training staff. Luckily, the rookie was able to return and finish off practice, quarterbacking the second power play unit.

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I'm so excited for this episode of the New Jersey Devils All Access Podcast!

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Head Coach John Hynes. We had an in-depth conversation about his road to the NHL, how proud he is of this years team and what life is like raising three daughters!

I'm really proud of this episode, so I hope you'll listen!

https://www.nhl.com/devils/multimedia/podcast/all-access

Let me know what you think!

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The #NJDevils Force Awakened vs. the Blue Jackets. #JerseysTeam looks to..

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