The New Jersey Devils got an important piece of their lineup back on Monday night, but it looks like they’ll have to wait just a little bit longer in order to see Dainius Zubrus make an impact.
The Devils fell to the New York Islanders on Monday, in Zubrus’ return from a wrist injury. He was forced to undergo surgery on his wrist after a hit from Darroll Powe tore ligaments that needed to be repaired. He had been out since February 5th as a result of the injury.
Zubrus is an important part of the Devils and his return could certainly help their offense. But they didn’t see much of it on Monday night. He played just over 14 minutes in the game, taking 17 shifts and finishing a minus-1 on the stat sheet. He wasn’t the only player lacking in the offensive department, as the Devils only managed one goal for the game. He did finish second on the team with three hits, though.
Zubrus put up 44 points for the Devils last year, including 17 goals. He had four points, though just one goal, in nine games prior to going down with the injury.
Though his return won’t come with the magnitude that someone like Ilya Kovalchuk would bring, he’s still an important part of this Devils team to have back. They’re fighting to maintain a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, which is easier said than done when they’re struggling to score goals like they are.
Zubrus’ return should help and could go a long way towards helping this team nab a postseason berth.