Jack Hughes out for 1st time


  • Chapter two of the Jack Hughes-Kaapo Kakko rivalry will be missing one of its main characters.
  • Hughes will be out of the lineup with a lower body injury when the Devils host the Rangers at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Prudential Center in Newark.
  • Hughes is considered day-to-day after blocking a shot during Thursday’s win over the Montreal Canadiens.
  • Though he was able to finish that game, he did not practice on Friday.
  • Hughes skated on Saturday but wasn’t quite ready to play. That likely means he won’t miss too much time.
  • Kevin Rooney will be activated off injured reserve and will return to the lineup in Hughes’ place.
  • Here’s how the Devils will line up against the Rangers:

Taylor Hall – Nico Hischier – Kyle Palmieri

Jesper Boqvist – Pavel Zacha – Wayne Simmonds

Blake Coleman – Travis Zajac – Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood – Kevin Rooney – Jesper Bratt


Andy Greene – Damon Severson

Sami Vatanen – P. K. Subban

Will Butcher – Matt Tennyson


Starter: Mackenzie Blackwood

Backup: Louis Domingue


F: John Hayden, Jack Hughes (lower body, day-to-day)

D: Mirco Mueller

On IR: D Connor Carrick (broken pinky, practicing)

Sources & Credits: Chris Ryan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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