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Senators to miss three key forwards

Bobby Ryan has broken finger; Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman also injured

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Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan will be out 4-6 weeks because of a broken finger.

Ryan was injured in the third period of a 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday when he was hit on the hand by a puck. He has 12 goals and 12 assists in 50 games this season.

"There's no need for surgery so hopefully we can get him back before the last weeks of the season," Senators coach Guy Boucher said. "We're looking at April."

In addition to Ryan, the Senators will also be without at least two other forwards when they visit the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV).

Forward Mark Stone, who was injured after a check to the head from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba on Sunday, is out with a neck injury. Forward Mike Hoffman, who left the game Sunday, took part in the morning skate Tuesday but is out with a groin injury.

The Senators recalled forwards Casey Bailey and Max McCormick from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Monday. Each is expected to play.

"We're challenged now," Boucher said. "We had adversity all year long and we've really did well with adversity and players have shown character. We didn't want to give ourselves excuses and we found ways. This is as hard as it gets for us this year but I think our defense is healthy, goaltenders are healthy and we have some hard-working guys with our forwards. I'm sure we'll put our best work ethic on the ice."

Ottawa enters play Tuesday two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division.

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