Did Devils defenseman Andy Greene suffer a setback?

January 23, 2017 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Devils captain Andy Greene did not practice with the Devils on Monday while recovering from a bruised arm.

NEWARK -- Things appeared to be progressing well for Devils defenseman Andy Greene as he recovered from an arm injury after blocking a shot on Jan. 3 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Greene resumed practicing and traveled with the team on a four-game road trip to Canada and Minnesota in hopes of rejoining the lineup.

But now Greene is back to skating on his own and sitting out full team practices. Devils coach John Hynes didn't call it a setback, but Greene needed to slow down once he reached a certain point.

"Once you got into more intense team practices and contact and passing and shooting like you do in the game where it's more reactionary," Hynes said. "It bothered him a little bit. That's where it stalled."

Kowalsky on Wood's impact in 2nd NHL stint

Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flyers marked the Greene ninth straight game out of the lineup for the Devils' captain. Greene played in 350 consecutive games prior to the injury.

Greene skated on his own again Monday prior to the team's full practice at the Prudential Center. Greene hasn't participated in a full practice since the Devils' trip to Western Canada.

The Devils play against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday and the Washington Capitals on Thursday before heading into the All-Star break. Hynes ruled out Greene and fellow defenseman John Moore (concussion) for Tuesday's game before adding that both could sit until after the break.

"It doesn't look like either guy's going to be ready, so we'll probably go that route," Hynes said. "John Moore for sure. Greene is skating every day and making some progress, but if he's not ready, we're not going to push him."

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Devils' AHL coach Rick Kowalsky on how Miles Wood has made impact in 2nd NHL stint

January 23, 2017 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Albany Devils coach Rick Kowalsky explains why Miles Wood's second NHL stint has been more successful.

Albany Devils coach Rick Kowalsky got to see Devils rookie Miles Wood first hand when he was sent down to the AHL in October.

Wood initially made the NHL roster out of training camp, but after playing in the team's first two games of the season, it was clear Wood needed more seasoning.

After just over a month in AHL, Wood returned to the Devils, and after seven goals and three assists in 27 games, Kowalsky isn't surprised.

"The raw athletic ability is there. You don't have to know much about hockey to know his speed is at an NHL level," Kowalsky told NJ Advance Media. "For him, I think it was learning how to play a little more without the puck and making reads in the defensive zone."

How Devils continued road success

Wood himself admitted that he needed to go to the AHL at the start of the season to add consistency to his game. While the speed never goes away, he needed to learn how to properly use it.

The biggest thing for Wood was making an impact when he didn't have the puck, particularly in the defensive end.

"Like most guys, when they come (to Albany) from the NHL, they get put in some situations and maybe get a little more ice time," Kowalsky said. "With Miles, from day one, he was very astute as far as everything we threw at him. He's eager to learn and he knew what he had to work on as far as defensively and positioning."

Wood is coming off his first career two-goal game in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flyers. Even in a game where Wood made some rookie mistakes, he continued to show the development that started in the AHL.

"Each game he got better, and you're seeing it translate into the NHL game," Kowalsky said. "To his credit, he came down here with a good attitude. He was like a sponge with everything we taught him and talked to him about.

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