The heart had missed the final 5 video games with what the Devils referred to as an upper-body damage, saying he was “week to week.” New Jersey went 2-3-0 in his absence.
Hughes was injured on a crash into the boards in opposition to the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 3, on his fifth shift of the sport. He left the group’s highway journey for care again in New Jersey. Coach Lindy Ruff stated on the time that the group was “fortunate” that Hughes wasn’t injured worse within the collision.
Despite lacking time, Hughes continues to be the second highest scorer on the Devils with 20 factors in 10 video games, with 5 objectives and 15 assists.
New Jersey entered their recreation in opposition to the Rangers with an 8-6-1 report (17 factors), trailing their rivals by six factors within the Metro Division standings. It was their first assembly for the reason that Devils’ seven-game victory within the first spherical of the Stanley Cup Playoffs final season.