Archive for Injuries
When Keith Yandle was acquired from Arizona prior to the trade deadline, the focus became on the formidable blue line corps the Rangers now possessed (once all the Anthony Duclair consternation died down, that is). With John Moore headed to the desert, Matt Hunwick became a depth guy and Dan Boyle’s minutes were about to become much more sheltered. All was well.
At the end of Wednesday night’s game in Washington, Kevin Klein left the ice and was headed to New York for tests. When the results came back, it was 3-4 weeks on the shelf with the ever mysterious “upper-body injury”. Panic ensues. Don’t get me wrong, Kevin Klein has been very solid for the Rangers this year, even if his torrid goal scoring pace (predictably) slowed down.
Per Larry Brooks, defenseman Kevin Klein is on his way back to be re-evaluated by New York Rangers team doctors after having independent x-rays performed. When a player is re-evaluated by team docs, it usually means the x-rays found something, and it’s up to the team to assess the treatment plan.
Klein left the game with 19 seconds left in the third period after blocking an Alex Ovechkin shot. If Klein is out for an extended period of time, it is expected that Matt Hunwick will take his spot in the lineup. Other AHL options include Mike Kostka and Dylan McIlrath.
In case you missed it, Jesper Fast is currently skating in a non-contact jersey at practice. While there is no timetable for his return, it is always promising to see someone with a knee injury skating again. Eventually he will return to the lineup, and at that point, the Rangers will have a bunch of lineup questions that will need to be answered.
Do you break up Hagelin-Hayes-Miller?
Prior to his injury, Fast was skating with Carl Hagelin and Kevin Hayes. The line was solid, albeit unspectacular. When Fast went down on February 8, J.T. Miller took his spot on that line, playing the off-wing, and the results have been fantastic. In those seven games, Hayes has a line of 4-2-6. Hagelin has a line of 3-3-6, and now has his first career 20-goal season in his sights. Miller has a line of 0-3-3, but has been willing to go to the corners, be in hard on the forecheck, and has been averaging close to 60% SAT%/CF%.
For the first time all season, the Rangers have a third line that is a legitimate scoring threat. This line took over the secondary scoring role when the Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Martin-St. Louis line was slumping. Now the line provides tertiary scoring, with Hayes and Miller playing on PP2.
An update on the Jesper Fast injury has come in, courtesy of Andrew Gross, and it is not that good. Fast will be out 2-3 weeks with a first degree knee sprain. The rookie winger was hitting his stride with the Rangers, rotating between third and fourth line RW duties and playing a critical role on the penalty kill. Fast left the game against Nashville with the injury in the third period.
Per Larry Brooks, goalie Henrik Lundqvist will be out one month with a neck injury sustained last week. Hank was struck in the throat with a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes last Saturday, finished the game, and played Monday against the Florida Panthers before being a last minute scratch against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.
After giving everyone a big scare yesterday, the New York Rangers have announced that Henrik Lundqvist’s injury is not overly serious, and he is day-to-day. Hank was a last minute scratch last night, prompting the Rangers to recall MacKenzie Skapski to serve as backup for Cam Talbot.
Lundqvist will likely miss the weekend’s games against Nashville and Dallas, and it’s expected Talbot will start both games.
In some “uh oh” news, Henrik Lundqvist is unavailable tonight, and is being checked out for something “throat related.” MacKenzie Skapski has been recalled to serve as the backup tonight against the Boston Bruins. Cam Talbot will get the start.
If you want to panic, feel free to in the comments.
Per Brett Cyrgalis, Derek Stepan was not on the ice for practice and is not expected to play tomorrow in Boston. Tanner Glass, a healthy scratch for the last six games, was skating on the fourth line, which was one of three new lines:
The top line remained unchanged, but the other three had changes. I’m not sure why Moore is now on the third line, but that Glass-Hayes-Fast line could be problematic. Moore is probably the best bet to manage Glass on the ice.
Also, Nash was named an alternate captain for the All Star Game this year, much deserved.
New York Rangers center Derek Stepan will not return to the game tonight at MSG. Stepan took a nasty slash from Matt Martin in the first period, toughed it out for a bit, but did not play for the second half of the game. The Rangers will probably lose this game tonight (losing 3-0 at the moment), but losing Stepan hurts more if this is long term.
Per the Rangers Twitter, winger Lee Stempniak is being isolated from the team and being tested for the mumps. Stempniak would be the third Rangers player to contract the mumps, following Tanner Glass and Derick Brassard. Glass has been healthy for a few weeks, and Brassard was cleared to practice with the team tomorrow.
Also, Joey Crabb in Hartford is being isolated from the Wolf Pack and being tested for the mumps. Ken Gernander, head coach of the Pack, is being isolated as well.