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Devils' Hamilton out indefinitely with torn pectoral muscle

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on a torn pectoral muscle, the team announced Friday.

In addition, forward Tomas Nosek is also set for a spell on the sideline after re-aggravating a foot injury that caused him to miss 10 games earlier this season. Neither player has a set timeline for when they'll return.

Hamilton was injured during Tuesday's win over the New York Islanders. He's put up 16 points in 20 games this year while averaging nearly 21 minutes per contest.

With Hamilton out and fellow blue-liner Brendan Smith serving a two-game suspension, the Devils recalled 2022 second overall pick Simon Nemec from the AHL for Friday's contest against the San Jose Sharks.

The 19-year-old has yet to play a regular-season NHL game but has managed eight points across 13 games in the minors in 2023-24.

Along with Nemec's debut, Timo Meier returned to the lineup against his former club after missing seven games with a lower-body injury.

The Devils have been hit hard by injuries so far this season, previously losing star forwards Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes for extended periods of time. New Jersey has managed an 11-9-1 record so far despite the absences.

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