Damon Severson has a hairline fracture in his ankle, GM Lou Lamoriello said.
Severson is expected to miss 4-5 weeks.
The 20-year-old defenseman has played in 32 games this season with the Devils, his first season in the NHL, scoring four goals and adding eight assists.
The Devils have placed Mark Fraser on wiavers, according to reporter Darren Dreger (Dec. 18).
Fraser has played in 12 games with the Albany Devils this year, scoring one goal and adding two assists.
The Devils lost their fifth straight home game Wednesday night against the Senators, but the home team didn’t think their effort on the ice deserved boos (NJ.com, Dec. 18).
“They were booing. They were disappointed. So were we. Trust me,” Patrik Elias said after his first game back from a groin injury. “But we didn’t deserve that today. The effort was there. We were the better team. We understand it, but it wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it.”
The Devils outshot Ottawa 34-16, five of those shots coming from Elias, but the fans were still unhappy with the home team’s performance.
“That’s tough. I don’t think we played a bad game,” defenseman Eric Gelinas said, who led the team with six shots. “We dominated the entire game. I think we played well. They got an early power play goal and that was the game-winner right there. It’s just a matter of scoring.”
Though the Devils might not be so surprised about the booing in the final two minutes of the game, as the night started with boos as well — coach Pete DeBoer was greeted with boos as his name was announced.
Despite the bookends of boos, DeBoer is still happy with his team’s effort on the ice.
“That’s as (good) as we can play and not win,” DeBoer said. “They came out and wanted to make a statement about us being at home and I thought the effort was there and the execution was there. They did everything we asked them to do, other than the result. You can’t fault them. They showed up and, I thought, gave everything they had tonight.”
While the Devils squared off against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night at the Prudential Center, it was a more peaceful scene on the concourse as more than 100 Devils fans gathered for a menorah lighting to mark the second night of Hanukkah (ESPN, Dec. 17). To read more of this story, click here
Recap: The Devils fell 2-0 to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night at the Prudential Center
Need to Know: The Devils outshot the Senators 34-16 but were unable to get past Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson as they extended their losing streak to five.
New Jersey struggled to capitalize on the Senators frequenting the penalty box, going 0 for five on the power play.
Ottawa, however, didn’t waste any opportunities as Kyle Turris scored a power-play goal on the Senator’s first shot of the game. Turris also banked the empty netter in the third to solidify the win for the away team.
Despite the loss, the Devils generated some good looks as Eric Gelinas led the team with six shots on goal while Patrik Elias, activated from the injured list earlier Wednesday, followed close behind with five.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Prudential Center on Friday at 7 p.m.
Jaromir Jagr passed Steve Yzerman to take the seventh most career assists in NHL history on Monday night (New Jersey Devils, Dec. 16).
Jagr registered assists 1,064 and 1,065 in the Devils shootout loss to the Islanders, passing Yzerman’s 1,063.
Adam Oates sits just one notch above Jagr in sixth place with 1,079.
Recap: The Devils lost to Islanders on Monday night on Long Island.
Need to Know: The Devils struck at the 12:15 mark of the first period when Marek Zidklicky‘s power play goal made it 1-0 New Jersey. Just three minutes later, Scott Gomez fired a shot that deflected past Jaroslav Halak to up the Devils’ lead to 2-0.
Josh Bailey scored right after an Islanders power play expired with just under two minutes gone by in the second to cut the Devils’ lead to 2-1.
With 10:45 gone by in the third, Matt Martin fired a wrist shot past Keith Kinkaid to tie the game, 2-2.
After a scoreless overtime period that featured quality chances for both teams, the Islanders prevailed in the shootout, with Josh Bailey scoring the deciding goal in the fifth round.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils return home to face the Senators on Wednesday night at 7.