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.