The New Jersey Devils came into the year expecting to be one of the best teams in the NHL. Well, they started off very good but a few losses in a row have them at 7-5-1. They are still above NHL .500 but they need to get back on track.
Of course, it is hard to win without your two best players. New Jersey has been without Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier for a handful of games now because of injury. Hischier went out first and nobody knows the true diagnosis of his injury.
Jack Hughes is dealing with a shoulder injury but there was some news on him that should excite everyone invested in this team. Hughes is going to miss Tuesday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets but there is a chance that he joins the team on their road trip on Thursday.
That could mean he is ready to play against the Pittsburgh Penguins that night. They would, at a minimum, like to see Hughes ready for Saturday night’s game against the New York Rangers.
The New Jersey Devils need their star players healthy as soon as possible.
Getting a player like that back as soon as possible is very important for them and it is good to know the return is sooner than later. It looked bad when it first happened so this is the best-case scenario for the Devils.
As for Hischier, there is no update other than he is not going to be there for either game on the road trip. Nothing was said about his return but getting him back for the Rangers game would be great as well.
Hischier is very important to the success of the Devils but Hughes gets a little bit more coverage because of the fact that he is one of the best offensive players in the world. The national media is a little bit more on top of his status as a result.
Hughes has 20 points in 10 games played so you can see just how important he is to their success. He has missed three games and he is still the team’s leading scorer although Jesper Bratt is knocking on the door with 19 points.
As for Hischier, he has just two points in seven games played but offense is less of his worry. He had 80 points last year and that is about where he needs to be because of how good his two-way game is.
He needs to get on the scoresheet more than he has to start the year but he needs to be healthy first. We can only hope that his return is soon. It sounds like Hughes will be back first but both of them are needed for the Devils to compete for the playoffs.
Any team in the league would struggle if you took their top two players off the team for whatever reason. It would hurt even more if those two players also happened to be your top two centermen. It is good to hear that Hughes is almost back and we have to hope that Hischier is close behind.