Archive for Injuries
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.
Per Steve Zipay, the Rangers will not be changing up their lines that much today. The same forwards skated together. The only change is the expected one, as Dan Girardi is back in for Adam Clendening. Clendo had a strong game on Sunday night, but as the 7D, will be relegated to the press box even after strong efforts.
Josh Jooris also skated in a non-contact jersey. He’s been out for a few weeks with a separated shoulder. Even when healthy, it’ll be tough for Jooris to crack the lineup. Oscar Lindberg has been a healthy scratch for a few games now, and it’s a fair assumption that Lindberg is ahead of Jooris on the depth chart.
Josh Jooris left yesterday’s game with an upper-body injury and did not return. Alain Vigneault announced last night after the game that Jooris has a separated shoulder and will be out indefinitely. Timeframe for recovery will be dependent on results of an MRI to be performed today.
Jooris was always looking like the odd-man out once the Rangers got fully healthy, but now will be placed on IR to make room for the returning Pavel Buchnevich. It seems that whenever the Rangers need to make a roster decision, someone else gets hurt and delays the decision. Solid timing for injuries, I guess. If that’s such a thing.
David Pastrnak hits Dan Girardi high. He got a two minor check to the head penalty. Girardi left the ice. No word on his return.
A bunch of injury news was released yesterday before the win against Arizona. This is a little delayed, but still noteworthy.
- Chris Kreider missed yesterday with neck spasms. Oscar Lindberg made his return, taking him off the IR.
- Pavel Buchnevich was moved to the IR with back spasms. Since he was placed on IR when Lindberg came off, the Rangers don’t need to make any additional roster moves.
- Dan Girardi returned yesterday, meaning the Rangers now have a healthy blue line.
Update: Lines for tonight are Chris Kreider-Mika ZIbanejad-Rick Nash; Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello; Jesper Fast-Kevin Hayes-J.T.MIller; Michael Grabner-Josh Jooris-Brandon Pirri. Defense pairs are Ryan McDonagh-Nick Holden; Marc Staal-Adam Clendening; Brady Skjei-Dylan McIlrath.
Josh Jooris will likely dress tonight in Buchnevich’s place. My guess is that Pirri gets Buchnevich’s spot with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad, while Jooris slides in to the 4C role.
If Kevin Klein still can’t go, then expect Dylan McIlrath to get into tonight’s game.
Dan Girardi left last night’s 3-2 loss to St. Louis with a hip injury, and it appears to be more serious than a typical day-to-day style injury. With the next game coming on Monday against San Jose, it looks like Girardi will be out for at least that game. Assuming Kevin Klein cannot play due to his back spasms, it means Dylan McIlrath will likely be inserted into the lineup.
If Alain Vigneault wants to go the call-up route, then one of Girardi or Klein will need to be placed on IR to open up the roster spot. But all signs point to McIlrath playing at least one game, likely on a bottom pair, before the inevitable trade comes.
Jeff Gorton, in the mean time, will be placing a call to the Girardi-Cyborg store where all his parts come from. Clearly there was a defect somewhere in building him this season.
Three little tidbits from the Rangers came out today:
- Kevin Klein missed his second straight practice with back spasms. He is a question-mark for the opener on Thursday. Alain Vigneault has stated that the Rangers will not make a roster move until he is healthy. This means Dylan McIlrath will remain a Ranger for a little while longer.
- Nathan Gerbe has decided not to play in Hartford. He will be placed on waivers for his release, and will play in Switzerland.
- Rick Nash will join Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, and Derek Stepan with an ‘A’ on his jersey.
Per Steve Zipay, injured center Oscar Lindberg is practicing in full today, and is not in a non-contact jersey. Lindberg had dual hip surgery in May to repair a pair of torn labrums. He was expected to be out six months from the date of the surgery, setting him up for an early-November return.
Lindberg appears to be ahead of schedule. There have been more than a few questions regarding who centers the fourth line, with Josh Jooris seemingly taking that role with Lindberg out.
The Rangers are currently at 24 skaters. Lindberg was expected to go on IR, but that may not be the case any longer. If so, the Rangers will need to cut at least one more skater to get to 23 by tomorrow’s deadline.
The Rangers have a pretty long shopping list this summer with the defensive (let’s call it) overhaul and all the restricted free agents needing signing (amongst other to do’s). Complicating things for Jeff Gorton and co. will almost certainly be Oscar Lindberg’s injury and the fall-out it will cause.
Lindberg’s season came to a very disappointing end. After a truly surprising start (that include Calder whispers in October) where he was a major reason for the Rangers’ own fast start, Lindberg eventually slipped and stayed out of the line-up. In retrospect it’s now fair to assume that his hip issues influenced the disappointing culmination to his season.