Mirco Mueller is out indefinitely with a broken clavicle.

NEWARK — Devils defenseman Mirco Mueller fractured his left clavicle during Sunday’s 7-5 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago.

Mueller will undergo surgery on Thursday. He is currently out indefinitely, and the Devils will have a better timetable for recovery once the surgery is complete.

The 22-year-old defenseman exited Sunday’s game in the opening minutes when he was checked high by Blackhawks center John Hayden. Mueller skated off under his own power while favoring his left shoulder.

Devils coach John Hynes said Mueller also went through the concussion protocol after the hit, but he did not suffer a concussion.

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With Mueller out, the Devils are down to seven healthy defensemen on their roster. Mueller played in 13 of the Devils’ 17 games so far this season, where he had no goals and two assists. Defensemen Ben Lovejoy and Dalton Prout will see an increased work load in Mueller’s absence.

“Each guy has certain things we want to see from him,” Hynes said. “They’ve both come in and they’ve done a good job. It’s been competitive all year. We’ve had eight (defensemen), and we’ve tried to give guys different opportunities. They really have to get to what their strengths are.

“In Ben’s case, he defends well, his penalty kill is very good, we think he’s a good skater. We like to see him move the puck a little bit better and some puck decisions, and he knows that. He’s worked on that. Same thing for Dalton. When they come in, it’s playing their game, but also helping them grow as players.”

With Mueller set to go on injured reserve, Hynes added the Devils will likely use that as the move to open up a …read more

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