Ruff hails Hischier for 'toughing it out' in Devils road win despite hand injury

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New Jersey Devils head coach Lindy Ruff hailed both Nico Hischier and Tomas Tatar for playing through injuries in their 5-1 road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

Dougie Hamilton, Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier and Alexander Holtz each managed a goal and an assist with Miles Wood adding a pair of helpers in the victory which improves their record to 24-11-3.

The Devils had only won two of their past 11 games prior to the Red Wings clash where Hischier and Tatar helped gain a much-needed win.

"We knew some guys were going to try and tough it out for us," Ruff told reporters.

"Couple guys were game-time decisions and were able to play. We didn't get their bodies to 100 per cent but I thought the effort was great. The fact they wanted to play, we got through the game."

Hischier appeared troubled by his hand injury during the game and he did not take any draws in the first half.

The Swiss centre helped set up Hamilton's goal midway through the second period in his first face-off of the game.

"We knew that he wasn't going to be able to take a lot [of face-offs] but we still thought he could step in for the odd one," Ruff said.

"It was a tight game until we scored those couple of power play goals and both of them where at the hands of winning draws."

Hischier, who has totalled 60 points this season with 21 goals and 39 assists, scored for the fourth straight game despite the hand issue.

"I felt good enough to be out there but definitely tried not to take too many face-offs, stuff like that," Hischier said. "Just trying to help the team on the wing as well, I think it was my first game as a winger.

"In my mind, I just wanted to reduce the face-offs. On the power play unit I'm going to grind it out there and take those draws and it came up good.

"Lucky it was good enough to win some draws for the team there. Overall, just happy for the game and the two points tonight."