Taylor Hall has a lower-body injury and will miss tonight’s game in Dallas


Taylor Hall will miss at least the first game of New Jersey’s four-game road trip.

The Devils announced today that Hall has a lower-body injury and will not play tonight in Dallas.

No word how Hall was hurt, or how long he may be out. He had two assists and logged 21:48 of ice time in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Buffalo.

Against the Stars, Beau Bennett is expected to take Hall’s spot on the top line with Travis Zajac and P.A. Parenteau, while Reid Boucher is set to play his first game since Nov. 6.

The Devils are off to a surprising start, boasting an 8-3-3 record after 14 games.

“It seems like we have a team that can surprise people and that’s a good feeling to have,” Hall told NHL.com recently. “We believe in ourselves. We believe in our structure. We have a lot more skill than people think. It’s fun to play on a team like that. We might be underdogs a little bit to start the season but it’s nice to surprise some people.”

This road trip will be a tough test, especially without Hall to start it. After tonight’s game, the Devils head to California to take on the Ducks, Kings, and Sharks.

Hall and Parenteau lead New Jersey with five goals each.