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Puck drops on B-Devils season Friday

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NEWARK (WBNG) -- The Binghamton Devils will open the 2020-21 season in Newark Friday night, as they host the Hershey Bears.

After two weeks of camp, Coach Mark Dennehy said the team has done a good job adjusting to the unique circumstances of the season.

"So far so good I would say," he said. "I think our guys are doing a really good job of being flexible...whether it's practice times, who's eligible to practice all that stuff, guys coming in having to go through quarantine, our guys I think have done a pretty good job."

The B-Devils were only able to play one preseason game, a 5-1 loss to the Penguins this past Sunday.

"There were some things in it that we liked and there were some things we need to work on and that's why you have them," said Dennehy. "I'm going to look at the bright side of it and say we were lucky to have one."

With the latest additions, the B-Devils roster carries 15 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies.

With a number of new faces, Dennehy said he's still getting to know everyone's game, but he said every player will have opportunities and it's a balanced roster.

Last season, forwards Ben Street and Brett Seney dominated the B-Devils top line, combining for 86 points. Dennehy said Nolan Foote has been skating well with the two during preseason.

"He's come in and shown that he's got the offensive prowess to play with those guys," said Dennehy. "He's got a real good shot, he's a good offensive player and with Brett and Streeter you want to put good offensive players with them. We think he's got those capabilities. Still young and still learning but the growth he's had already since training camp has been noticeable."

Dennehy said he is looking for the team to play simple hockey, which will come easier as they get into the season.

"There are certain non-negotiables. Being ready to compete, we want to play fast, those are two things they can bring to the table," he said. "I also think attention to detail. We haven't covered everything yet because we haven't had enough time, but the things we have covered let's make sure we're all on the same page in that regard."

Puck drop Friday night at the RWJBarnabas Hockey House in Newark is set for 7 p.m.

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