Hamilton out for Devils with broken jaw, no timeline for return


Dougie Hamilton is out for the New Jersey Devils because of a broken jaw. There is no timeline for the return of the defenseman, who will have surgery Wednesday.

Hamilton will be placed on injured reserve retroactive to Sunday, when he was taken to a hospital after getting hit with a deflected puck 7:05 into the first period of a 4-3 overtime win at the Washington Capitals.

Center Nico Hischier will not play at the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SNP, NESN, MSG+, ESPN+, NHL LIVE) because of a lower-body injury.

Goalie Jonathan Bernier had right hip surgery Monday and will be out for the season.

New Jersey (13-15-5), which has won three straight games, is tied for sixth place in the Metropolitan Division with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Hamilton, who agreed to a seven-year, $63 million contract ($9 million average annual value) with the Devils on July 29, has scored 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) and ranks third on New Jersey in blocked shots (47), averaging 21:25 of ice time in 30 games this season.

Defenseman Christian Jaros will replace Hamilton in the lineup.

Hamilton and Hischier (20 points; six goals, 14 assists) are tied for third in scoring for New Jersey, behind forwards Jesper Bratt (29 points; nine goals, 20 assists) and Andreas Johnsson (21 points; nine goals, 12 assists).

Bernier is 4-4-1 with a 3.06 goals-against average and .902 save percentage this season. He has not played since allowing six goals on 32 shots through two periods in an 8-4 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 3. He is one of six goalies to have played for the Devils this season.

Forward Tomas Tatar was removed from NHL COVID-19 protocol, participated in New Jersey’s morning skate Tuesday and will play against Boston. Forwards Yegor Sharangovich and Pavel Zacha each was placed in protocol.

NHL.com staff writer Mike G. Morreale contributed to this report

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