Bobby Ryan is out with a hand injury. Again.

The Ottawa Senators forward in on the shelf with no timetable for his return, the club announced Wednesday.

Ryan didn’t return for the third period of Tuesday’s 8-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks and didn’t join the team on the road Wednesday. There were no updates on the severity of the injury as of Wednesday afternoon and it seems more information will be available when the swelling goes down.

This is Ryan’s third hand injury in a year and seventh hand injury since 2014.

Earlier this season, he suffered a broken index finger – the same finger he broke in a February 2017 game. And he managed to miss time in November of 2017 while re-aggravating the injury in December of 2017.

Ryan attempted to play through the pain against Chicago on Tuesday, said head coach Guy Boucher, but it was not to be.

“It got worse and worse as the game went on until he couldn’t take it any more,” said Boucher.

The good news here is that Ottawa begins a bye week on Thursday and will get seven days off before returning against St. Louis on January 18. That could give Ryan the time he needs to recover, plus it will give the Senators some much-needed rest.

Mark Borowiecki, Johnny Oduya and centre Nate Thompson are all on the injured list.

“If we can get a break and get players back I think that’s what it’s about for us right now,” said Boucher. “We can’t afford to lose some of those good players and expect to continue with the same rhythm. Getting those guys back would mean a lot to us.”

Prior to Tuesday’s disappointing loss to Chicago, the Senators won back-to-back games. They could use a win Wednesday against Toronto, but they could also use a little luck. And so could Bobby Ryan’s poor hand.

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