New Jersey Devils Kevin Rooney Listed Day-To-Day

Kevin Rooney
NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 13: New Jersey Devils center Kevin Rooney (16) during the third period of the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the Ottawa Senators on November 13, 2019 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils announced that forward Kevin Rooney is dealing with an upper-body and is day-to-day.

Kevin Rooney Injured

As the Devils took to the ice for practice on Thursday at Prudential Center, Rooney was not among the participants. The Devils made it known before practice that Rooney sustained the injury during the disappointing 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. It is unclear when the occurred, but Rooney was able to finish the game. Considering Rooney did not practice today, he is unlikely to go against the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night and Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Since making the team out of training camp, Rooney has appeared in 13 games recording just one point. Rooney made the team because of his versatility as he can play centre position as well as on the penalty kill.

Going Forward

Along with Rooney, the Devils remain without Sami Vatanen (upper-body injury) and Connor Carrick (injured reserve). Both Vatanen and Carrick skated before the team took to the ice for practice. Vatanen will remain out of the lineup through the weekend. With Rooney out of the lineup, Pavel Zacha dropped to the fourth line. He centred Wayne Simmonds and Miles Wood. Zacha had moved up to the wing playing with Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt at times. While Zacha can play centre, he has been shining since moving to the wing.

The Devils continued to make lineup changes today at practice. Jesper Boqvist came back into the lineup. He played the wing on the second line alongside Hischier and Bratt. As the Devils sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, they look to generate more offence Friday night. Unless something changes, John Hayden will remain a healthy scratch for the Devils against the Penguins Friday night, who will be missing Sidney Crosby from their lineup.

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Jim is a 2008 graduate of Saint Michaels College who is currently writing about the NHL for Last Word on Hockey. His work includes writing about the New Jersey Devils as well as NHL Notebooks for the Metro and Central Division. Jim has a passion for the game of hockey. As one coach put it "he is the student of the game." When Jim is not writing he can be found at the local rinks playing or being a referee. Throughout his time in the game, Jim continues to coach a local high school team. In addition, he broadcasted several New Jersey Junior Rockets games for the Eastern Hockey League. Reach him on Twitter: @JimBiringer

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