Jonas Siegenthaler returns in New Jersey Devils' 6-2 loss

The New Jersey Devils welcomed back defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler to the lineup on Tuesday after he missed 16 games with a broken left foot.

Siegenthaler, 26, injured the foot blocking a shot against the Vancouver Canucks back on Jan. 6. He returned in time to face his former team, in a 6-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Devils coach Lindy Ruff confirmed to reporters before the game that Siegenthaler is available, while defenseman John Marino (illness) sat out the loss. Siegenthaler finished with 24 shifts, covering 18:50 of ice time. He also took a minor penalty.

"He is a steady defender; [his] penalty killing has been good for us. At times, we have missed him on that," Ruff said before the game regarding Siegenthaler, who was averaging 19:54 of ice time before the injury. "Real good size, real good reach."

Siegenthaler has tallied one goal and seven assists across 39 games this season. In seven seasons with the Capitals (2018-21) and Devils (2021-24), the native of Switzerland has played in 294 games and recorded 56 points (eight goals, 48 assists).

"Just a veteran guy that, when we had four young guys in there, we struggled at times," Ruff said. "[It's] getting another veteran in there that's got games and has got experience."

Information from Field Level Media was used in this report.