Over the past week or so, things have taken a turn for the worst for the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils survived through the first month of the lockout-shortened season, but recently the injury bug has hit the team. Earlier in the week, forward Dainius Zubrus was placed on injured reserve after having exploratory surgery on his wrist that will sideline him for 4-6 weeks.
In the Devils’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday, forward Ryan Carter left the game with a head injury and didn’t return. As of Tuesday, it was still unknown in Carter would be able to play against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.
New Jersey had just assigned forward Jacob Josefson to Albany in favor of Andrei Loktionov, but if Carter can’t play on Thursday — or misses an extended period of time — Josefson would likely be back with the Devils as an established NHL player over the last two seasons.
Carter told reporters on Tuesday that he saw the team doctor after Monday’s game and it wasn’t confirmed that he had a concussion. Carter also said he feels “alright” a day after being crunched by the Senators’ Chris Neil and Dave Dziurzynski. If Carter doesn’t play over the next few games, the Devils would be forced to break up his line of Steve Bernier and Stephen Gionta.
Away from the Devils, Mattias Tedenby, who is playing with Albany, suffered a serious injury last week, when his face was clipped with a skate. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello was in contact with Tedenby on the night of the injury and has assured everyone that the Swedish forward will be fine and make a full recovery. He had plastic surgery to repair the nerve damage to his face.
As New Jersey’s game with the Capitals approaches, it will become more apparent about what Carter’s status with the team will be. If he doesn’t play, expect some minor lineup changes to be made for the Devils.