Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen left the game at 16:09 of the first period after taking a high, booming hit from Kucherov. The check appeared to catch the head and shoulder of Vatanen, sending him to the ice. He slowly got up on his own and went immediately down the tunnel.
No penalty was called on the play, and Devils coach John Hynes went to the front of the bench, giving officials an earful after a stoppage.
He was listed as questionable with an upper body injury, but he did not return to the game.
Syndergaard allowed an unearned run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings, with 11 strikeouts and one walk. He claimed the cold benefited his changeup.
It kind of forces me to hold it more like an egg and allows my arm to be more whip-like, he said.
1B Eric Thames winced after taking a 2-2 pitch in the first and was removed in the middle of the third after striking out twice. The Brewers said he aggravated a muscle in his left leg that had been bothering him and he is day to day. Milwaukee’s starting lineup already was minus catcher Manny Pina and outfielders Braun and Christian Yelich.
It’s so annoying. It’s like this weather is not really helping it, Thames said. It’ll be nice to be inside the dome for a week, for sure.
I also know Brady is planning a little passing camp with some of his buddies before training camp. That does not sound like the kind of the thing you would do if you were not going to play in 2018.
Even if Brady’s return is in the bank, the Patriots have little depth behind a 40-year-old starter with an uncertain future beyond this year. They will be in the market for a quarterback in the early rounds of the upcoming draft.
The team’s pre-draft due diligence includes private workouts with Day 2 prospects Kyle Lauletta of Richmond and Luke Falk of Washington State, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Since Brady crossed the age-30 barrier in 2007, New England has added four quarterbacks — Kevin O’Connell, Ryan Mallett , Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett — in the draft’s first three rounds.
Whether Brady lands a new contract or not, he’s almost certain to have a new quarterback under his wing this season.