The New Jersey Devils have been without leading scorer Mike Cammalleri for the past three games and announced the 33-year-old winger has been placed on the injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 30.
According to the Devils, Cammalleri will be out with an upper-body injury, and it appears he suffered the injury in New Jersey’s 3-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators Dec. 30. Cammalleri had two goals in the contest, but he logged one of his lowest ice times of the season in the victory, playing just 16:45 — well below his season average of 19:31 per game.
Prior to Monday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, Devils coach John Hynes told NorthJersey.com’s Tom Gulitti that he wasn’t sure whether or not Cammalleri would be able to play Monday. Hynes told Gulitti that the Devils were trying to make sure Cammalleri felt “well enough to play and we're not going to push it.”
Cammalleri did not join New Jersey in Montreal Wednesday, and Hynes said Cammalleri would be reevaluated heading into the Devils’ weekend games against Boston and Minnesota. It appears, however, that he won’t be in the lineup Friday and could be questionable to draw back in by Sunday.
“It's just kind of how he responds,” Hynes told Gulitti. “It's one of those (things) where it's not a day or two, but it's not long term either. It's something that should be fine fairly soon.”
Hynes did tell Gulitti the injury is what the Devils thought it was, but would not elaborate on exactly what that issue was.
Cammalleri leads the Devils with 14 goals and 35 points in 38 games and is averaging the third-highest ice time among all New Jersey forwards.
The Devils are also reeling from injuries to Patrik Elias, Tyler Kennedy, David Schlemko, John Moore and Tuomo Ruutu, who has a lower-body injury and has also been placed on IR. New Jersey is currently in the thick of the playoff race in the Metropolitan Division. Currently, the Devils are holding a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and are three points back of the New York Rangers for the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan.