The injury bug continues its spread across the Rangers blue line, as Mike Sauer will not dress for the Rangers game tomorrow night against the Islanders. Sauer suffered a strained shoulder in the preseason, and was severely limited for the remainder of the preseason and parts of the two regular season games in Sweden. After sitting out of practice most of this week, coach John Tortorella announced that Sauer will not dress, leaving another hole on the blue line.
With Marc Staal already out, the Sauer injury is another big blow to the Rangers. In Staal and Sauer, the Rangers have lost their two most physical defensemen. Opponents already know they can crash the net without recourse, but now, if the Rangers opponents are smart, they will do so more frequently. It is up to Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, and Steve Eminger to provide the physicality on the blue line until Staal and Sauer are healthy enough to return.