ALBANY, NY – Graham Black and Corbin McPherson missed Thursday’s practice at Knickerbacker Ice Arena and did not travel with the team for its 7:05 pm contest at Providence Friday because of illness. Depending on how they recover, they could return to the lineup for the 5 pm outing against Hartford Saturday.
“We have a couple of guys who didn’t make it today because they were sick,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “We are definitely not going to stick them on the bus. Hopefully, it’s just a 24 hour thing.
“We’ll see if they are an option Saturday. Obviously, the energy levels after some of these things are not great, so we’ll see.”
Max Novak, who has missed the last six games after taking a shot off the ankle on Jan. 16 at Utica, has the greenlight to make his return. The Devils’ rookie has three points (2g-1a) in 16 outings this season.
“We’ll see how he feels today and tomorrow,” Kowalsky said. “We will bring him and get him back in the game mode. We’ll probably even have him warm up. We’ll give him another day on the ice just after the break and we’ll probably look to utilize him Saturday if we need to.”
The Devils traveled to Providence Thursday afternoon. They will hold an 11:15 am morning skate Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.