New Jersey Devils left winger Ryan Carter has been ruled out of the next two games in Washington Thursday and Saturday. Carter sustained an injury in Monday’s shootout loss against Ottawa. Read more about this incident here: Injuries Testing New Jersey Devils Depth
The Devils are taking safety precautions by having Carter not take the trip down to Washington. Carter has likely suffered a minor concussion, making this decision the best option. New Jersey is losing a large part of their offense. Carter developed into a large offensive threat along with the rest of the fourth line last season.
The fourth line helped the Devils make their Stanley Cup run in the 2012 playoffs, and also established the Devils as a force in the Eastern Conference in 2013. This line of Carter, Stephen Gionta, and Steve Bernier scored 10 goals in the 2012 playoffs and eight goals so far in their 2013 campaign. To fill in for Carter in Washington is 18-year-old rookie sensation Stefan Matteau. Matteau plays a similar physical and hard working style as Carter does so he should fill that role well.
In other news, forward David Clarkson practiced with the team today and is set to be in the lineup for the Devils on Thursday. Clarkson suffered a stiff upper back during a scrum on Monday. Clarkson has bloomed into a lethal weapon for New Jersey. Coming off of a 30-goal season, he has had a hot start in 2013 with 10 goals and six assists in 16 games.
Clarkson, as well as the rest of the Devils team, needs to step up in a time where injury has not been a stranger in the locker room. The Devils just have to keep working hard and playing Devils hockey.