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U.S. star Jack Hughes to miss 2nd straight world junior start

The United States' world junior hockey team will be without star forward Jack Hughes for its Saturday night game against Sweden because of an undisclosed injury.

Forward won't suit up Saturday night vs. Sweden due to undisclosed injury

Forward Jack Hughes of the United States, projected to be one of the top players selected in the 2019 NHL draft, will sit out Saturday night's world junior game against Sweden with an undisclosed injury. (Kevin Light/Getty Images)

The United States' world junior hockey team will be without star forward Jack Hughes for its Saturday night game against Sweden.

U.S. coach Mike Hastings confirmed in the afternoon that the highly touted Hughes, who's projected to be one of the top players selected in the 2019 NHL draft, would sit out a second consecutive round-robin game with an injury.

Hastings did not discuss the nature of the injury, but said Hughes is progressing.

"He's getting better every day," Hastings said. "He's progressing every day and we're trying to make sure we're going to have him as healthy as he can be when we need him to be. Today's not that day."

The U.S. and Sweden both top Group B with six points through their first two games.

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