The Devils received some good news and bad news on the injury front when it comes to their back end. Andy Greene told Amanda Stein (Twitter link) that he’s nearing a return after suffering an upper-body injury in the third game of their season. He skated at practice but still needs to meet with team doctors before getting the green light to return.
Meanwhile, they’ll be down another blueliner for Saturday’s contest against Vancouver as the Devils announced (via Twitter) that Will Butcher has been ruled out after sustaining an undisclosed injury on Thursday night. The 24-year-old is off to a quiet start to his season offensively with just a single goal in seven games. Connor Carrick will likely return in Butcher’s absence.