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Devils' Damien Brunner expected to miss at least four weeks

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Damien Brunner fell to the ice in pain after being hit Friday night. (USATSI)
Damien Brunner fell to the ice in pain after being hit Friday night. (USATSI)

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Just as he was beginning to find his game with the New Jersey Devils, forward Damien Brunner will miss significant time with a right knee injury sustained in Friday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

"He'll be out a minimum of four weeks," New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello told the Star-Ledger. "He does not need surgery."

Brunner was helped off the ice after taking a hit from Ducks defenseman Mark Fistric late in the first period. Devils coach Peter DeBoer told reporters after the game the hit didn't look dirty to him.

This couldn't have come at a worse time for Brunner, who was just starting to heat up. The Swiss winger with some high-end puck skills had five points in his previous five games, including four goals. Getting derailed in the middle of his best stretch of the season is just a terrible spot of luck.

Brunner has posted just 13 points in 32 games, falling a bit short of expectations this year, but the Devils lose some scoring depth as they try to gain ground in the Metropolitan Division.

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