He is just rounding back into shape, and said he's ready for the Rangers in New York if called upon considering that the group has been off for two weeks."We're spending an hour or 2 hours, however, over the course of a video game next to each other on a bench breathing greatly and I imply, playing hockey is a hard sport," he said."You think about every situation going through your head and what might occur," Palmieri stated."I don't think any coach has actually really dealt with anything like this and, you know, to have that number of gamers go out and now have to have a reset," stated Ruff, who has invested almost two years as an NHL head coach."We have a lot of young people on the group and, to be sincere, I do not think it's going to affect us that much," Wood said.
The New Jersey Devils are back at work after 19 players arrived on the NHL's COVID-19 list and forced the postponement of seven games since the end of January.
The Devils, who play the Rangers on Tuesday, practiced Monday for the very first time since beating the Sabres in Buffalo on Jan. 31.
Over the next 3 days after that video game, 11 gamers were contributed to the NHL's list of players not available because of COVID-19, pushing the Devils' overall to 17. The list reached 19 on Feb. 9.
"It's type of unfortunate and it's kind of crazy how fast it spreads," forward Miles Wood said Monday. "I think that's the scariest part. You understand, it removed a team within a matter of 3 days, so it's extremely major. "
Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood was the first to test positive on Jan. 20. Veteran Travis Zajac, who is two games shy of his 1,000 th regular-season game with New Jersey, was sidelined before the Jan. 29 game in Buffalo. Kyle Palmieri got his positive test on the early morning of the 31st and then things mushroomed after the team got here in Pittsburgh for a game on Feb. 2. The NHL shut down the Devils, requiring the group to send out gamers home in two groups, those in the seclusion group and those healthy.
Wood didn't evaluate positive. He had COVID-19 prior to training camp opened this year, so a lot of players asked him what to expect. He said he had a head cold. He understood of others who had high fevers.
Palmieri, who practiced Monday, said he felt absolutely nothing for number of days after his favorable outcome. Two or 3 days after the result, the signs lasted and established till completion of the week. His sense of smell is just returning.
Zajac, who went into the procedure a few days before Palmieri, remains in it.
Blackwood stated he had a tough time and a bad cough breathing. He is just rounding back into shape, and stated he's prepared for the Rangers in New York if called upon given that the group has actually been off for two weeks. He also said seeing the group come down with COVID-19 was "crazy."
"I didn't anticipate that to take place, however my thoughts were simply: 'I hope this isn't due to the fact that of me,"' Blackwood said.
Palmieri doesn't believe the Devils did anything incorrect to cause the spike. He stated gamers have been wearing their masks, consuming meals in their hotel spaces and holding each other liable.
"We're spending an hour or two hours, however, over the course of a video game next to each other on a bench breathing greatly and I mean, playing hockey is a difficult sport," he stated. "You're coming back and you're pretty gassed and you're attempting to catch your breath. So that's a lot of close contact, heavy breathing. You read enough about this infection, that's probably one of the worst things you can do is long prolonged times of heavy breathing amongst individuals without masks."
Palmieri confesses there has been some stress and anxiety the previous two weeks. Players have been worried about keeping their families healthy and possible long-term impacts of having had COVID-19.
"You think of every circumstance going through your head and what could happen," Palmieri said. "But ideally, as we all start to come back, everyone go back to complete health. And like I said, we get back to playing hockey and doing the important things we love."
Devils coach Lindy Ruff has told his team to deal with the previous 2 weeks like a reset. He felt the group was playing well before the break. He desires his players to focus on defence and taking brief shifts on Tuesday. Unique teams were covered on Monday in addition to getting the gamers to skate and enhance their stamina.
"I do not think any coach has truly dealt with anything like this and, you know, to have that variety of players head out and now need to have a reset," stated Ruff, who has invested almost 20 years as an NHL head coach. "I believe you can find lots of excuses, you understand, that you could lose a game. I desire to find factors we can win."
Wood stated playing the Rangers will help. It's a rivalry video game and he stated there is no factor the Devils won't be up for it.
"We have a great deal of young people on the group and, to be truthful, I don't believe it's going to affect us that much," Wood said. "I think the adrenaline will take over and we'll be right back to video game shape."