Jack Hughes avoided a potential “worst-case scenario” situation on Friday against the St. Louis Blues. According to the New Jersey Devils, Hughes is week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
New Jersey also disclosed he is back in New Jersey receiving treatment from the athletic care staff.
On Hughes’ injury, head coach Lindy Ruff said, “I actually think we are fortunate. He came back and tried a shift. We got him on his way home to be taken care of by athlete care people back in Jersey. I think we’re fortunate, actually”
As Elliotte Friedman indicated on Saturday night, “No official update on Jack Hughes, but word is that, thankfully, a worst-case scenario has been avoided. Will miss some time, but not as bad as it could have been.”
New Jersey, in fact, confirmed the Sportsnet insiders report.
New Jersey was already without the services of their captain, Nico Hischier, who suffered an upper-body injury due to a Connor Clifton hit against the Buffalo Sabres. Hischier didn’t make the four-game, eight-day road trip. His status has been labeled “day-by-day” rather than “day-to-day.”
The Devils will attempt to remain afloat without their No.1 & No.2 centers.
Prior to Hughes’ injury, he led the NHL in points with 20. The Devils franchise forward was well on his way to a career season.
Ahead of their contest against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, the Devils recalled Max Willman from the AHL Utica Comets.
In seven games with the Comets so far this season, Willman accrued four goals and three assists for seven points.