Spezza out vs. Devils, 600th will wait until Friday in Montreal

Jason Spezza should have played his 600th NHL game last night. When he was on the ice for Tuesday’s morning skate, it looked like he would.
But he fell ill before the game and was scratched. How long he’ll be out wasn’t immediately known.
It’s been a difficult 10 days for Spezza since the March 10 death of his good friend, freestyle skier Nik Zoricic. Spezza served as a pallbearer at Monday’s funeral.
His teammates have been doing what they can to buoy his spirits.
“It’s tough,” said captain Daniel Alfredsson.
“There’s been a lot happening for him the last couple of weeks.
“But I think once you’re on the ice you feel more comfortable than maybe when you’re lying at home and trying to sleep, going through everything.
“I think he’s done a great job handling the whole situation and we’ve tried to support him as much as we can.”
Bobby Butler subbed in for Spezza, who will now play his 600th game on Friday in Montreal.
“He has a lot going on right now and he’s gone through a lot,” said coach Paul MacLean.
“But everybody goes through a lot at times in their lives, and I think a lot of times a comfortable place to be is with your teammates.”

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