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Devils captain has been out since end of Feb. and expected to miss three more weeks.

On Tuesday, the New Jersey Devils announced that captain Nico Hischier had undergone surgery and would be out for another three weeks.

Late in New Jersey’s game on Feb. 27th against the Washington Capitals, Hischier took a deflected puck, shot by teammate P.K. Subban, to the visor and immediately exited the game. He hasn’t played since and was considered week-to-week.

During that span, it was revealed that Hischier had gone into concussion protocol and had fractured his nose. The surgery he underwent, which occurred on Monday afternoon, successfully repaired his frontal sinus fracture.

This hasn’t been a great season for the newly appointed captain. He didn’t make his season debut until Feb. 20th after recovering from an unrelated injury, and played in just five games before getting hurt again.

The Devils, who are on a four game losing streak and have won just one of their last 10 games, have had to deal with a multitude of issues this season. Hischier’s absence for the majority of the season has been one.

Hischier is one of the team’s best players and is expected to return, but this season is all but lost for the Devils.

The hope will be that they have a successful offseason and make sure everyone, including Hischier, stays healthy during that time and is ready to go next year.

Hischier has two goals and three points in five games.

Leen has written about the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and international soccer. She is currently the primary NHL writer for ESNY. Leen's work has been featured on Bleacher Report and she was formerly a contributor for FanSided's New York Mets blog, Rising Apple. She is a co-host of the Yankees-Mets Express podcast.