New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique left last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens with a lower-body injury sustained at the 2:29 mark of the first period. He battled through discomfort in the second period, and did not return for the third frame. To make matters worse, the Devils lost the game 3-2. Bad news for a struggling club that is clawing its way back into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division.
The Devils occupy fourth place in the Metro, which is good enough for ninth place in the conference. Every point counts in what will be a dog-fight for real-estate in the Eastern Conference’s final eight.
Henrique is having a modest first quarter to his 2013-14 NHL season. A total of 6 goals and 5 assists through 28 games is by no means exceptional, however, as fortune begins to turn in the Devils’ favour as wins become more regular, the loss of their top-six forward will hurt momentum.
Henrique spoke with media following the Devils’ loss. He made it clear that his injury status is day-to-day. Regarding his availability for Wednesday’s rematch against the Canadiens, the Devils centre told New Jersey dot com:
“We’ll see. I’ll just kind of take it a day at a time, see how I feel tomorrow and go from there.”
The second-leg of a home-and-home between the Devils and Habs is loaded with playoff implications as both teams compete for a place in a very competitive bottom half of the Eastern Conference standings.