Jiri Tlusty Placed on IR

The New Jersey Devils, who can’t seem to escape injury woes this season, have now placed struggling winger Jiri Tlusty on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Tlusty suffered an undisclosed injury in Friday’s game against the Boston Bruins.

Tlusty hits IR just one day after the team put Tuomo Ruutu on injured reserve for the second time this season.

That will continue to add up for the Devils, who, according ManGamesLost.com, have had the fourth most man games lost this season.

They currently have Tlusty, Ruutu, Mike Cammalleri, Patrick Elias and Jacob Josefson on injured reserve.

In a related move the team has recalled 21-year-old rookie Joseph Blandisi. Due to other injuries, Blandisi grabbed his first three NHL games back in mid-December. In that stint he did not register a point, playing a high of 14:37 of ice time. He finished that three-game stint with three shots, all registered in his NHL debut.

For his part, Tlusty has struggled since signing with the Devils in the offseason. He put up 31 points (14-17-31) in 72 games last year split between the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets. This year, his production has seen a serious dip, despite the fact that the Devils are managing to score at a decent rate.

Tlusty has just two goals and four points in 30 games.

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