Newark, NJ - New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise will miss the next three months after having a torn meniscus in his right knee repaired on Tuesday.
Parise underwent exploratory arthroscopic surgery after he left last Saturday's game with a nagging knee injury. The procedure revealed the injury, which will keep one of the Devils' top playmakers out of action for nearly half the season.
This is the 26-year-old's first major injury in his career, having played no fewer than 81 games in each of his first five NHL seasons. In 12 games this year, Parise has three goals and six points for New Jersey, which is currently the worst club in the league.
It won't be easy for the Devils to replace Parise's production in the lineup, as the Minneapolis native has scored 31 goals or more in each of the last four seasons.