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Devils forward Cammalleri could miss rest of season

Hand injury has kept him out of lineup since Jan. 26

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri could miss the remainder of the season because of a right-hand injury.

Cammalleri is missing his 13th straight game when the Devils play the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center on Friday.

"He's not close right now," Devils coach John Hynes said. "It's beyond day-to-day right now. We felt things were going in the right direction and there was a setback. It's not something that from a medical standpoint, we can say this is exactly what it is and how long it's going to take."

The Devils were one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Penguins hold three games in hand on the Devils.

Cammalleri, who was placed on injured reserve Feb. 1, has 14 goals and 38 points in 42 games. He reinjured his hand in a 2-0 loss at Pittsburgh on Jan. 26.

"[Cammalleri] is going through a hard time with it," Hynes said. "He's trying everything he can. We'd like him to be back but that's not the case and it doesn't seem like it's going to be the case in the near future."

The Devils signed Cammalleri as a free agent on July 1, 2014. He has 41 goals and 80 points in 110 games with New Jersey.

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