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Devils All-Star Forward Sustains Another Injury

Hughes seemingly injured himself late in the third period of the Devils’ tilt with the Blackhawks Friday night.



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Newark —  New Jersey Devils All-Star forward Jack Hughes has suffered another injury.

According to head coach, Lindy Ruff, Hughes sustained an upper-body injury against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. A timeline for how long he’ll be out is undetermined.

The Devils star forward will miss the Hughes Bowl on Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Devils and Blackhawks were certainly involved in a physical tilt on Friday that led to injuries for Chicago rookie Connor Bedard and veteran Nick Foligno. Bedard suffered a broken jaw and Foligno a fractured left finger. As a result, each has been placed on injured reserve with no timeline for their respective returns.

Both injuries came at the hands of Brendan Smith, who laid a big, clean check on Bedard and later fought Foligno in retaliation.

Ironically, Hughes’ injury, is unrelated to the physicality in the Devils’ 4-2 victory over the Blackhawks. Instead, it is suspected that Hughes sustained his injury while carrying the puck through the offensive zone and falling to the ice seemingly untouched by Blackhawks defenders.

Hughes’ upper-body injury is his second after missing five games earlier this season.

In 32 games this season, the Devils All-Star has scored 15 goals and 45 points. Hughes joins a crowded New Jersey injury list that includes Dougie Hamilton Timo Meier, Ondrej Palat, and Tomas Nosek.

Earlier today, the Devils officially placed Meier on injured reserve. Additionally, New Jersey recalled Max Willman for AHL Utica.

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