Archive for Injuries
The Rangers are finally starting to get healthy, per the notes from practice yesterday. To summarize:
- Pavel Buchnevich and Rick Nash will return to the lineup tonight. With Nicklas Jensen already sent down, one of Matt Puempel, Brandon Pirri, or Marek Hrivik will sit so both can play (unless Jesper Fast can’t play).
- Fast has the flu. AV wasn’t 100% he will be good to go tonight.
- Mika Zibanejad was skating in full yesterday. He will not play this weekend, and will practice again in full on Monday. Alain Vigneault hinted that it’s a matter of getting Zibanejad back in game shape.
- Marc Staal is likely not playing this weekend. That likely means the same defense pairings tonight and tomorrow.
With the recent news that Marc Staal is going to be out indefinitely with post concussion symptoms, the Rangers find themselves short one of their top-four defensemen. Whether you agree Staal should have been in the top-four is a bit irrelevant at the moment, since he was in the top-four regardless. This is going to force Alain Vigneault and possibly Jeff Gorton to adjust if this team is going to make a run at a Stanley Cup.
In fact, it has already forced AV to make a major change to his defense, taking Dan Girardi off the top pair for Brady Skjei. Adam Clendening was naturally in the lineup, and was put on his off-side with Kevin Klein. Dan Girardi moved down to play with Nick Holden, who moved back to his natural side on the left. I personally did not watch the game, but from what I’ve heard, Clendo and Skjei both had strong games in their roles.
Per Larry Brooks, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is out indefinitely with post concussion syndrome. Staal has struggled with concussions since getting hit by his brother Eric into the boards about five years ago. Staal’s head hit the boards awkwardly, which caused the concussion.
Obviously this is not good news for the Rangers and for Staal, as Staal was having a relatively dependable bounce back year. He seemed to have clicked with Nick Holden to form a somewhat dependable second pairing.
Injuries have plagued Staal, and definitely zapped some of the potential. Without concussions and with two functional eyes, Staal was a can’t miss defenseman. Now he’s simply serviceable. What could have been.
A little late to the news here, but Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will miss at least the next two games with an upper body injury. There’s no indication of where this injury occurred, but it was obviously during last the loss to Buffalo Sabres. Staal has been significantly better this year, and has clicked with Nick Holden. His presence in the lineup may be missed over the next two games.
Adam Clendening will dress for the next two games while Staal is out. For tonight, he will skate on the left side –opening him up to offensive opportunities– with Kevin Klein. Brady Skjei will play with Ryan McDonagh on the top pair (!), while Dan Girardi will play with Holden on the third pair.
The pair of 7-goal spankings the Blueshirts took just before the holiday break at the hands of the Penguins and Wild magnified warts that had gone masked for much of the early part of the season.
There are obvious problems with the Rangers lineup, but if all goes well, they may only have to play a handful more contests before the cavalry arrives. Top center Mika Zibanejad and rookie Pavel Buchnevich are closing in on their returns after missing the last 18 and 22 games, respectively.
Buchnevich has already hit the ice in a non-contact jersey while Zibanejad is out of his walking boot and now skating on his own. The expectation is that both players will ramp up activity during the approaching bye week and return in mid-to-late January. And that can’t come soon enough for the floundering Blueshirts.
Per Larry Brooks, forward Rick Nash, who just returned from a groin injury, will miss tomorrow’s game against the Penguins with a different groin injury. Nash played just one shift in last night’s shootout win against the Devils, tweaking the other groin in the process.
Nash has been a monster this season, turning in a dominant performance in almost every game he’s played. But now the Rangers will be without him again, just as they were starting to get healthy.
Nash’s timetable is uncertain, but after tomorrow against Pittsburgh, the Rangers don’t play until Friday, then have the mandated Christmas break for another three games. It wouldn’t shock me if Nash misses both games before returning after Christmas.
Update: Nash will be out one week following an MRI. Puempel has been placed on IR with a concussion, so he will be out at least a week as well. Placing Puempel on IR gives the Rangers room for the Nicklas Jensen call up.
Original Post: More injury news for the Rangers, as their forward depth keeps getting gutted by injuries. They appear to have lost two more forwards to injuries, time tables TBD.
Matt Puempel left the game in the first with a concussion, after taking a rather vicious cross check to the chin by Brock Nelson. Puempel is in the standard concussion protocol
More importantly, Rick Nash tweaked his groin in the second and did not return. That’s a significant loss for the Rangers if it’s long term. More to come.
The injury bug keeps biting the Rangers this year. Center Mika Zibanejad is out 6-8 weeks with a broken fibula after taking a nasty crash into the boards against Florida.
Unless Buch or Jooris are ready to go, the Rangers will need to recall a forward from Hartford.
Both Josh Jooris (shoulder) and Chris Kreider (back) returned to practice today. Jooris has been out for about four weeks with a shoulder injury, while Kreider missed the last two games with what we assume to be continued neck spasms. Kreider has been medically cleared to play.
Since both are back, and Kreider is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow, Boo Nieves was returned to the Hartford Wolf Pack after his brief call up.
Per Brett Cyrgalis, forward Chris Kreider is out tonight against the Oilers, and is not traveling with the team. I’d venture a guess that since he’s not with the club, then he is not playing on Tuesday night in Vancouver either. Obviously this is not a good sign for the winger, who had finally seemed to find his stride and was on pace for a career year.
Kreider had missed time early in October with neck spasms. No more details are available aside from the standard “upper body injury” at the moment, but being sent back to get more tests is never a good sign. Could be a precaution, as neck/back spasms stink something fierce. More to come, obviously.
Oscar Lindberg will get back into the lineup while Kreider is out.