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Last night, Darroll Powe suffered a very unfortunate injury when he collided with Matt Hendricks early in the second period. The collision left both players shaken up, but Powe landed awkwardly on his head and was clearly knocked unconscious for a brief period. From the video, you can tell that once Powe came to, he was glassy-eyed and unable to skate under his own power. Although this is unconfirmed, that likely means he suffered a concussion.
While the injury may seem like one that the Rangers can readily handle, let’s remember that the depth on the fourth line was a serious issue before the Rangers dealt Mike Rupp for Powe. This deals a relatively big blow to the Rangers depth and their penalty killing, as Powe had been one of the Rangers most used penalty killers upon his arrival in New York.
Powe’s injury leaves the Rangers with four penalty killers (Ryan Callahan, Jeff Halpern, Brian Boyle, Derek Stepan) who will be relied upon heavily to take over Powe’s time on the PK. It’s possible that Rick Nash and/or Brad Richards see some time on the PK in a pinch, but the main PK responsibility will remain with these four guys.
The injury also leaves a pretty big hole on the fourth line at even strength. Arron Asham, who hasn’t seen more than five minutes of ice time in each of the past two games, will likely be needed to continue playing the way he did against Boston, when he recorded almost ten minutes of ice time. Jeff Halpern also falls into the category of fourth line players that will need to step up their game to earn double-digit ice time consistently.
The newly recalled Brandon Mashinter will likely slide into the fourth line role that Powe had, but he will need to earn the ice time if he wants to stay with the Rangers. The Powe injury takes a big cut out of the Rangers depth at forward, and everyone will need to step up their game to account for the missing Powe. While this injury likely doesn’t effect the offensive output, it might expose the Rangers bottom-six a little more than we had hoped.
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NEW YORK, February 18, 2013 –New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled forward Brandon Mashinter from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Mashinter, 24, has tallied a point in each of the last three contests (two goals, one assist), including the game-winning goals on Friday against Portland...
Battle On the Hudson
Recently I was given the privilege of reviewing the book Battle On The Hudson: The Devils, The Rangers, And The NHL’s Greatest Series Ever. The book –written by Tim Sullivan with a foreword from Stephane Matteau– takes an in-depth dive into the rise of the Devils and the Rangers in the early 90s, and how those two teams wound up meeting in the 1994 Eastern...
Elliotte Friedman at CBC Sports reports that Derek Stepan was never a part of the Rangers/Avalanche trade discussions for Ryan O'Reilly.
Yesterday, Adrian Dater at the Denver Post said that the Avalanche were looking for Michael Del Zotto and either JT Miller or Chris Kreider in return for O'Reilly.
The Rangers were said to be looking for a defenseman in retun as...
Brandon Mashinter picked up a power play assist on a Logan Pyett first period goal during the CT Whale's 2-1 overtime win over Norfolk last night.
Mashinter now has 10 points (4g, 6a) in 13 games this season.
...kid is not only producing points, he's producing points on the power play. Seriously, if the Rangers are so concerned that Kreider isn't ready, why not...
from Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the New York Times,
If the N.H.L. continues to make progress in talks with Olympic officials aimed at sending its players to the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, one big question looms. Who would coach the United States team?
Ron Wilson, who coached the Americans to a silver medal at the Vancouver Games in 2010, is a contender...
Bergen Record - Rangers' Darroll Powe out with concussion
Bergen Record - Andrew Gross: Canadiens' Brandon Prust was a special player for Rangers
New York Post - Rangers expect muscle from old pal Prust
Daily News - Say it ain't Powe: Rangers penalty-kill unit suffers major loss
Newsday - Hagelin can't explain his recent surge
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It's been a nutty week for me. Between the Rangers maddeningly inconsistant play and the flu that ravaged my family, my life has been flipped upside down.
But between vomit cleanups Saturday night, I had a moment of clarity looking at my Twitter feed. The early season struggles of our beloved Blueshirts have made us Rangers fans lose our minds.
Trade Gaborik. Buyout Richards...
Yesterday, I posted a report that the Colorado Avalanche had talked to the Rangers about a trade including Michael Del Zotto and more for Ryan O'Reilly.
Well, Adrian Dater at the Denver Post now says the "more" was likely J.T. Miller or Chris Kreider.
...LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do I even need to comment on this ridiculousness? If Colorado really...
This could have been one of the most boring games I have ever seen. The teams combined for just 13 shots in the first, 25 total through the second, and very little offense. In the end, the Canadiens took advantage of two big Ranger miscues, while the Rangers couldn’t take advantage of the 27 icings the Canadiens took. The Habs won a boring game against a shorthanded Rangers team...
Jeff Klein at the New York Times reports that John Tortorella is the surprise favorite to get the head coaching job for Team USA at next year's Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Klein adds that Tortorella's recent cooperation with reporters is in stark contrast with his normal style and, if it lasts, can only help his Olympic chances.
Klein then notes that the coach of the...
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will conclude their three-game homestand when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of [...]
Shane McColgan (5th – 2010) paved the way for the Saskatoon Blades’ comeback last night, notching three points in the third period to cap the comeback. Down 2-0, McColgan contributed with assists on back-to-back powerplay goals for the Blades to even the score with the Medicine Hat Tigers at two a piece. After falling behind 3-2 shortly after, McColgan tied the game with a little...
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals tonight at Madison Square Garden (6:00 p.m. — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of their three-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 7-5-1 (15 [...]
Update, 5:18 p.m.:
Rangers announce Rick Nash out tonight. Chris Kreider in for him.
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) February 19, 2013
No word on why Nash is out.
...does this mean I have to apologize for criticize Rangers recent handling of Kreider.
The New York Rangers (8-5-1) host the Montreal Canadiens (10-4-1) at MSG starting at 7:00...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So 6:30 into the third period on Tuesday night in Boston, Milan Lucic finished off his check against Rick Nash by using his forearm to drive the Rangers winger’s head into the boards.
There was no penalty on the play (though Nash received a minor for a feeble retaliatory hook) and there was no supplemental discipline issued,...