The New Jersey Devils will not be able to count on forward Nico Hischier in their inaugural game of the season scheduled for Thursday against the Boston Bruins, because he remains on the floor with a foot injury suffered in December.
The Swiss had been hit during a session on the ice in his native country. He hasn’t trained with the Devils since, but did drills off the ice. However, his presence in regular training will have to wait.
“It’s best to say he won’t be at the first meeting,” head coach Lindy Ruff told NHL.com. He’s making progress. I spoke to him just before this interview and he is fine, but he is not yet where I expected. He hasn’t even skated yet. So it’s not close to a return to Thursday’s game. ”
Meanwhile, club general manager Tom Fitzgerald mentioned on Sunday that Hischier, who scored 36 points in 58 outings during the last campaign, was now walking without a protective boot.