Archive for Injuries
Per the Rangers Twitter account, winger Chris Kreider will not play tomorrow against Washington. Kreider has a laceration on his hand, suffered in the Florida game. Kreider did not play in the Rangers win over Dallas Tuesday night either.
Jayson Megna will stay in the lineup in Kreider’s spot.
The Rangers appear to be fully healthy today, as Kevin Klein, Dan Girardi, and Antti Raanta all returned to practice today. Klein has been out the longest with an abdominal injury, almost three weeks. Girardi missed a week with a knee injury. Raanta missed a week with what was likely a concussion. Klein’s injury really cost the Rangers, as he was their best defenseman before the injury.
Make of that what you will.
Derek Stepan (ribs) and Kevin Klein (abdominal) are both traveling with the Rangers on this road trip, beginning in Minnesota tonight. Alain Vigneault stated that Stepan and Klein likely won’t play tonight, but there’s a chance both will play tomorrow.
The lineup for tonight’s game will likely remain the same, but there will need to be some roster decisions made when they both return.
The Rangers will be without Dan Girardi for tonight’s game against Edmonton, which means the Rangers will need to call up a defenseman to fill out the roster. With Jarret Stoll on the waiver wire (update on that at noon), the Rangers have enough cap space to call up any defenseman for the short and long term. Considering it’s Girardi, and he’s a bit of an iron man made from robot parts, he likely will just miss this game. But there are a few options in Hartford that make sense.
He’s hurt. He’s not the call up. But Alain Vigneault hinted he would be had he been healthy.
Per the Rangers Twitter, Dan Girardi is day-to-day with knee swelling. He will not play tomorrow. Kevin Klein is still out, so the Rangers will need to call someone up for tomorrow’s game. Since Raphael Diaz is hurt, here’s hoping it’s Brady Skjei.
The Rangers have recalled forward Jayson Megna from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack to replace Derek Stepan on the roster. Megna will likely be the team’s 13th forward, rotating in with Emerson Etem and/or Viktor Stalberg.
To make room for Megna, Derek Stepan was placed on LTIR, meaning he will be out at least three weeks. The timeline for Stepan’s injury is a 4-6 week duration.
Derek Stepan will be out 2-4 weeks with broken ribs. He was hit late by Matt Beleskey into the boards on a questionable hit (no supplementary discipline). Dylan McIlrath stood up for Stepan, challenging Beleskey to a fight. McIlrath got an instigator penalty –I hate that stupid rule– and the Bruins scored on the ensuing powerplay.
Viktor Stalberg was skating with the team during this morning’s practice, and was medically cleared to play. There was some changes to the lines in practice, and it appears Alain Vigneault will be holding Stalberg out for at least the weekend:
The defense pairs remained the same.
Viktor Stalberg will not play tonight against Calgary. Stalberg took a borderline hit from Radko Gudas in the second period of last night’s game against the Flyers and did not return. Stalberg was absolutely in a vulnerable position. Gudas’ elbow was in, but the replays make it difficult to determine the principal point of contact. Doesn’t matter now, as Stalberg will sit tonight, either as a precaution or because he is still suffering the effects of the hit.
Emerson Etem will probably slide into Stalberg’s spot on the fourth line.