For now, the news on New Jersey Devils star forward Timo Meier sounds like it could have been worse. The Devils hit the ice for the first time in 2024 on Tuesday morning and missing from practice was New Jersey’s highest-paid forward. We knew that Meier suffered another injury after the holiday break. The Devils forward missed the third period of New Jersey’s Dec. 30th contest against the Boston Bruins. What we didn’t know was what the injury was. According to Devils head coach Lindy Ruff, Meier suffered a new injury. He didn’t reaggravate a pre-existing one.
“This is a new injury,” Ruff explained after Tuesday’s practice. “He’s going to be further evaluated today. Hopefully, it won’t be too long.”
He added: “It’s kind of mid-body.”
Meier’s previous injury was a lower-body injury. He missed seven games this season and still deals with the lingering implications. However, he’s recently turned his game up a notch scoring four goals in his last five games.
Although Ruff is hopeful Meier won’t be injured “too long,” he will miss at least one game on the Devils schedule.
The Devils travel to Washington to face the Capitals on Wednesday. Meier won’t make the trip.
“He’s just being evaluated,” Ruff said. “He won’t make the trip (to Washington) and he obviously won’t be playing in that game.”
In 28 games this season, Meier scored nine goals and 15 points.