Skip to main content
injury

DeMelo out 3-4 weeks for Senators with broken finger

Defenseman injured against Canadiens, 'most underrated player on our team,' coach says

NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Dylan DeMelo will be out 3-4 weeks for the Ottawa Senators because of a broken finger.

The defenseman, who has six assists and is plus-7 in 32 games this season, was injured in the third period of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

"Maybe the most underrated player on our team," coach D.J. Smith said. "Certainly in the League. I don't think a lot of people realize how stable he is back there and just breaks up a lot of plays you just don't notice. But it will give a chance to somebody else."

Maxime Lajoie, who has no points in three games this season, will take his place in the lineup when the Senators (13-17-2) play the Columbus Blue Jackets (12-14-5) at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; TVAS, SN, FS-O, NHL.TV).

"For the time being, [Lajoie] is going to get his opportunity, and that's kind of been the next-man-up mentality, if someone gets hurt, it's an opportunity to see another young guy," Smith said.

View More

The NHL has updated its Privacy Policy effective January 16, 2020. We encourage you to review it carefully.

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.