Butcher has undergone surgery for ruptured right thumb ligaments and will require 3-to-4 months to recover, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Butcher's injury will end his 2019-20 campaign prematurely, one that saw his production rate stabilize after a significant drop from his rookie campaign. The third-year blueliner compiled four goals and 17 assists over 56 games played, but he saw a career-low 1:18 of power-play ice time on average. That drop in usage with the extra man could signal another drop in his expected production heading into 2020-21.
Butcher (upper body) has been ruled out of the Devils' upcoming five-game road trip, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Butcher has already been sidelined for nearly a week with his upper-body injury, and he'll now have to wait for a March 6 matchup with St. Louis for his next opportunity to rejoin the lineup. Colton White will continue to round out New Jersey's depth at defense until Butcher is cleared to play.
Butcher (upper body) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Capitals, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Butcher will miss a second straight game, allowing Dakota Mermis to enter the lineup and play on the second pairing. There isn't a clear timeline on the 25-year-old Butcher's return, but he could play Tuesday versus the Red Wings.
Butcher is dealing with an upper-body injury that will see him miss Thursday's clash with San Jose, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Butcher needs just one more goal to match his career high (five) set back in 2017-18 but remains bogged down in a 23-game goalless streak. With just 21 points on the year, the 24-year-old won't be topping the 40-point mark any time soon, though he could challenge for 30 again if he avoids a lengthy absence.
Butcher played only two shifts in the first period of Tuesday's game against the Blues, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. It's unclear what happened to Butcher to force him from the game, but he did block a shot in his limited appearance. If Butcher is forced to miss time, the Devils will likely need to call up a blueliner from AHL Binghamton unless Sami Vatanen (undisclosed) is ready to return for Thursday's game against the Sharks.
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