It was announced on Thursday night, just after the games had started, that the New Jersey Devils will be without defenseman Andy Greene for upwards of four weeks because of a non-displaced fracture in one of his toes, an injury he has supposedly been dealing with for a while now. Greene went in for X-rays on Thursday and the results had shown some significant damage, so he will be on the shelf for the next month or so, just to get back to 100%.
Greene hasn't had a great start to the season, but it hasn't been too bad either. In 23 games played, Greene has picked up 9 assists, well below the half a point-per-game rate you would like out of your defensemen, but he is only a couple of a really good games away from that kind of pace, so it has been an okay year to this point. His 9 points are good enough to rank him 69th among defensemen, through Thursday night's games, but we will expect that to drop off significantly.
It hasn't been a great season for Wayne H.'s defensemen, but that shouldn't really faze him, since he still has a 14-point lead after Thursday's action. Wayne has one of the lower point totals from his blueline, collecting 31 points from back there, which only makes up for 11.5% of his overall points this year, but he is just running away with the forwards points at the moment, that it won't really matter to him for a while.