The Devils have lost defenseman Mark Fraser 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand.
Fraser, who likely suffered the injury in his fight with Buffalo Sabres center Cody McCormick Wednesday night, had a pin inserted in the hand today. With Fraser lost, Matt Corrente will be in the lineup Friday night against the Colorado Avalanche.
The Devils now have six healthy defensemen on their roster: Colin White, Henrik Tallinder, Andy Greene, Matt Taormina, Alex Urbom and Corrente. Greene was hit in the foot by a shot during Wednesday night’s game and limped to the bench, but he did not miss a shift.
Anton Volchenkov is suffering from a broken nose and stiff neck and will not play this weekend. He is still being re-evaluated as to whether he has a slight concussion. Fraser has not yet been placed on long-term injured reserve, although that is a definite option.