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Hartford Wolf Pack starting goaltender Mackenzie Skapski had successful arthroscopic hip surgery today, which repaired a torn labrum in his right hip. Skapski will be out 4-5 months, which puts his return in the October-November timeframe.

This further solidifies that Skapski will be in Hartford next season, despite allowing just one goal in two games –both against the Sabres– during his stint as the Rangers backup goalie.

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Jun
01

Injury news from breakup day

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Per Steve Zipay, the Rangers were pretty banged up in the Tampa Bay series.

  • Ryan McDonagh had a fractured foot, suffered in Game 4.
  • Dan Girardi sprained his right MCL in Game 4.
  • Mats Zuccarello had a brain contusion (yeesh), full recovery expected. He was unable to talk for 3 days and needed speech therapy.
  • Marc Staal had a hairline fracture in his ankle, suffered in the regular season.

While injuries are not an excuse, these injuries certainly played a role in the Rangers’ defensive performance in the latter half of the series.

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May
18

Mats Zuccarello skates on his own; No timetable for his return

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In case you missed it, Mats Zuccarello skated this morning on his own before the New York Rangers took the ice for practice. Zucc has been out since Game 5 of the first round with a concussion, suffered after taking a shot from Ryan McDonagh to the skull.

While Zuccarello skating is always good to see, his return to the lineup is not imminent. This is normal progress, and I still wouldn’t expect him back this series. Concussions are always tricky, so it’s better to air on the side of caution instead of getting your hopes up.

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Per Mats Zuccarello’s agent, the injured winger is back in light training (note: Norwegian article) after suffering what he believes to be a serious concussion. Zuccarello was struck in the side of the head by a Ryan McDonagh slap shot in Game Five against the Penguins. While there is no timetable for his return, light work is always a good sign. This should hopefully put an end to the silly rumor started by one of those “anonymous” accounts that his career was over.

S/T to @sirlondon_ for the tip.

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Per Larry Brooks, injured winger Mats Zuccarello will be unavailable for the entire second round series against the Washington Capitals. Zuccarello was struck in the head by a Ryan McDonagh slap shot in Game Five against the Penguins.

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Zuccarello takes a puck to the face.

This isn’t good, as Zucc is a core part of the Rangers offense. Martin St. Louis will take his role in the top-six, and the Rangers will need a lot from him.

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In case you missed it, Mats Zuccarello is out indefinitely with an upper body injury. Rumors are that this is a mild concussion, but a concussion is a concussion as Zuccarello took a hard slap shot to the head off the stick of Ryan McDonagh. Assuming this is long term, because with concussions that’s the only assumption you can make, then the Rangers are out a top line forward, and there is no one in or out of the lineup that can replace his production.

Instead, the Rangers are going to need produce enough from other parts to make the Zuccarello absence more manageable. You can’t replace a top line forward, but you can –quoting Moneyball– replace him in the aggregate. Zucc hasn’t put up many points in the playoffs, but his value is with his speed and puck possession skill. The Rangers have someone like that readily available in Carl Hagelin.

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At the optional skate today, injured defenseman Kevin Klein was on the ice. Klein has been out since March with a broken wrist and missed the entire first round series against the Penguins. Klein has been “nearing a return” for quite some time now.

Mats Zuccarello, who took a Ryan McDonagh shot to the noggin during Game Five, was not on the ice for the optional skate. Zuccarello didn’t return to Game Five, which is a rarity for injuries in the playoffs.

Update: Zuccarello is out indefinitely.

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Apr
24

Mats Zuccarello will not return

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On the broadcast, MSG noted that Mats Zuccarello will not return to the game after taking a Ryan McDonagh slapshot to the face. You can view the GIF here. Jesper Fast took Zuccarello’s spot on his line, and the Rangers have been playing with 11 forwards.

It’s worth noting that this is the playoffs, and usually players come right back to the bench after something like this. Since Zuccarello isn’t returning, it may be serious.

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Apr
24

Who comes out when Kevin Klein returns?

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I was listening to the radio yesterday, and I couldn’t believe my ears. Hockey was being discussed, and it wasn’t Boomer and Carton or Michael Kay and Don La Greca. Once I got over my initial shock of hearing hockey on the radio discussed by a voice in which I could not identify, I started listening to the topic at hand.

The topic intrigued me: When Kevin Klein comes back, who should sit?

It got me thinking. Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, and Keith Yandle are not coming out of the lineup. All have been pretty solid in this series as well. So it’s really between Matt Hunwick and Dan Boyle.

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