Devils’ Zacha doubtful for next game after suffering upper-body injury

New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) handles the puck as he is checked by Vancouver Canucks right wing Conor Garland (8) during the first period of an NHL hockey game. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

New Jersey Devils forward Pavel Zacha is doubtful to play Wednesday in Calgary against the Flames after suffering an upper-body injury Tuesday versus the Vancouver Canucks, according to head coach Lindy Ruff.

Zacha fell into the boards during the first period in Vancouver, left the ice with the help of a trainer and did not return.

The interest Zacha has garnered from several teams ahead of Monday’s trade deadline could now be in jeopardy depending on the severity of the injury.

On the Fan 590’s Jeff Marek Show, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said the Montreal Canadiens were “one of the teams” in on Zacha. Marek has previously reported the Canucks had interest. Zacha is a restricted free agent at the end of this season.

The Devils selected the 24-year-old sixth overall in a star-studded 2015 NHL Draft. He has 13 goals and 15 assists in 56 games so far in 2021-22.

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