The injuries are piling up for the New Jersey Devils. In Friday night’s contest against the New York Islanders, New Jersey was already without a few of their regulars. The Devils were then forced to play without captain Nico Hischier in the third period after leaving the game due to injury. As a result, the Devils are contemplating recalls from the Utica Comets.
Following the Devils’ 5-4 overtime win, head coach Lindy Ruff didn’t have much of an update on Hischier. Following Saturday’s afternoon skate, it’s status quo on the Devils captain who will be re-evaluated on Monday.
Some of New Jersey’s depth is also banged up. All of Erik Haula, Tomas Nosek, and Colin Miller didn’t dress against the Islanders and haven’t been on the ice in the last couple of days.
It sounds like Nosek and Miller will be out a little longer. However, Ruff sounded optimistic that Haula has the potential to return to regular practice activity on Monday which would in turn see him play on Tuesday. The Devils also seek further clarification on Hischier’s status before they make any moves.
“We’ll see how this unfolds with Nico and where Haula is at,” Ruff explained Saturday. “(Utica has) some injuries right now that they’re sorting out. So we’ll sort things out come Monday.“
The Devils head coach did offer that New Jersey has an idea of who they will recall if necessary. However, down in Utica, the Comets are banged up themselves. They’re without key forwards Nolan Foote and Brian Halonen, as well as defenseman Simon Nemec and Santeri Hatakka.
With the aforementioned Comets possibly unavailable due to injury, potential recalls may include Tyce Thompson, Shane Bowers, Michael Vukojevic, Daniil Misyul, and Tyler Wotherspoon.