The likely fallout with Powe’s injury

February 18, 2013, by

Last night, Darroll Powe suffered a very unfortunate injury when he collided with Matt Hendricks early in the second period. The collision left both players shaken up, but Powe landed awkwardly on his head and was clearly knocked unconscious for a brief period. From the video, you can tell that once Powe came to, he was glassy-eyed and unable to skate under his own power. Although this is unconfirmed, that likely means he suffered a concussion.

While the injury may seem like one that the Rangers can readily handle, let’s remember that the depth on the fourth line was a serious issue before the Rangers dealt Mike Rupp for Powe. This deals a relatively big blow to the Rangers depth and their penalty killing, as Powe had been one of the Rangers most used penalty killers upon his arrival in New York.

Powe’s injury leaves the Rangers with four penalty killers (Ryan Callahan, Jeff Halpern, Brian Boyle, Derek Stepan) who will be relied upon heavily to take over Powe’s time on the PK. It’s possible that Rick Nash and/or Brad Richards see some time on the PK in a pinch, but the main PK responsibility will remain with these four guys.

The injury also leaves a pretty big hole on the fourth line at even strength. Arron Asham, who hasn’t seen more than five minutes of ice time in each of the past two games, will likely be needed to continue playing the way he did against Boston, when he recorded almost ten minutes of ice time. Jeff Halpern also falls into the category of fourth line players that will need to step up their game to earn double-digit ice time consistently.

The newly recalled Brandon Mashinter will likely slide into the fourth line role that Powe had, but he will need to earn the ice time if he wants to stay with the Rangers. The Powe injury takes a big cut out of the Rangers depth at forward, and everyone will need to step up their game to account for the missing Powe. While this injury likely doesn’t effect the offensive output, it might expose the Rangers bottom-six a little more than we had hoped.

Categories : Injuries


  1. Walt says:

    Worst case, move Boyle to the 4th line. Miller can center the 3rd line, and Kreider will be his wing!

    Can Mashinter kill penalities?

    Can Miller kill penalities?

    • Matt Josephs says:

      I don’t think Torts will use Miller or Mashinter to kill penalties. He doesn’t trust the young kids so soon. It took a while for Stepan and Hagelin to kill penalties on a more consistent basis.

    • Dave says:

      Like Matt said, the kids won’t be used to kill penalties.

  2. Matt Josephs says:

    Hagelin’s killed a few penalties for the team and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Torts use him a bit more now. Plus with his breakneck speed he might be deployed how Michael Grabner is for Islanders.

    At this moment I’d give the nod to Kreider to be in the lineup for Powe. However, after a couple games if Kreider’s ineffective and not doing much then I think Mashinter should come in.

    • Dave says:

      Hagelin would be my guess if they are in a pinch. He was the best defensive forward on a strong Michigan team.

  3. Matt S says:

    Does anyone know if Ferriero is injured? He could provide some speed and energy, but he hasn’t been playing the last few games with the Whale.

    • Ray says:

      He’s been an injury scratch, but unlike Hrivik and Bourque, not listed as long term injury.

  4. upstate tom says:

    if you need physical, then you have michael haley and newberry, along w/ segal ,a ramped up christian thomas or borque for 4th line and special teams play. i don’t think hrivik is ready to play yet.

  5. Tim says:

    can’t Nash kill penalties?

    • Dave says:

      He can, and he has for the team. My guess is that Torts wants his minutes to be at even strength and on the powerplay.

  6. Chris F says:

    Again, not sure why Mashinter would get the nod here, when the Rangers can re-insert Kreider on the 3rd line and shuffle Pyatt to the 4th. No need for recalls.

    • Dave says:

      Torts knows more than us. I’d assume that he doesn’t want Pyatt on the fourth line.

    • Ray says:

      Tortorella’s style is to give the fourth line a small number of even strength minutes in most games. He want more than 5-6 minutes a game from Pyatt and so he won’t move him to the 4th line. Whether it’s Kreider or Mashinter on the fourth line, it won’t be many minutes. Since Torts hasn’t seen Mashinter, I think he’d like to know what he has there. A game or two is not a commitment.

  7. rickyrants13 says:

    Torts is burying his credibility by having Kreider sit out This is a joke. And not how you play the future of this org.

    Hell if this was the case we could have kept AA or Dubi and traded Kreider for Nash.

  8. steve says:

    torts ruins careers and is not good with kids kreider should ask for a trade

    • cnp says:

      Stepan and Hagelin beg to differ

      • rickyrants13 says:

        Stepan still is a question mark. he has not progresed as well as he should have Not with the players he has played with.

        He can not carry a puck up and down Ice. He can not seperate himself from defenders. And so far he has not shown much ability to make those around him better. Hags only started showing what he can do Offensivly after being teamed with Nash.