Devils lose Hischier to sinus fracture

In a recent game against the Capitals, Devils captain Nico Hischier took a hard P.K. Subban shot right to the face leaving him bloody on Feb. 27.

The key center hasn’t played since. It appears that’ll be the case for a little while. According to Devils reporter Corey Masisak of The Athletic, Hischier has been placed on IR due to sustaining a sinus fracture. He’s considered “week-to-week” in concussion protocol.

Having only played five games due to a broken leg and COVID-19, the young center will miss more time. Something that’s unfortunate for the Devils, who are a better team with him than without. Hischier has two goals and an assist this season.

Without him again as they enter tonight’s match versus the Rangers, it’ll be up to the Devils core to step up. That includes Jack Hughes, who has only five points (1-4-5) in his last 11 games following a hot start. He has just one goal since Jan. 24.

Coach Lindy Ruff held a meeting with the leadership earlier yesterday. That included Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac, Subban, Damon Severson and Hughes.

The Devils host the Rangers in Newark for the first of two at 7 PM. The rematch is Saturday. They’re 2-0 versus them, taking the first two at MSG.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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