Devils captain Bryce Salvador was examined by a hand specialist today and he will not play in the final three games this season.

No surgery is necessary, at least at this time.

Salvador was struck on the top of his right thumb where it meets the wrist by a Zdeno Chara slap shot on April 10. X-rays and an MRI have shown there is no break, but the bruising was severe.

"Bryce will not play," Lamoriello said. "After the latest examination, right now they don't think he will need an operation. Just let it settle down.That will all be confirmed over the next couple of weeks."

Lamoriello said Ilya Kovalchuk will play the last three regular season games.

"He's healthy so he will play," the GM said.