Injury Riddled Rangers
Essentially for the first time all season, injuries have caught up to them, and have hurt them. In tuesday’s matchup versus the Islanders, many key components were missing in action.Rookie sensation goalie Henrik Lundqvist missed his 5th straight game with a hip flexor, and has yet to hit the ice. Backup Weekes, has been playing well, proving the veteran talent he really has.
Defensman Darius Kasparaitus missed his 10th of the last 11 games, due to a sore groin. His leadership and on ice energy has been missed in recent games, when the Rangers need a spark. Tom Poti missed his 2nd consecutive game, due to an upper body injury. Marek Malik missed tuesdays matchup vs. the Islanders, due to a sore shoulder.
Marty Rucinsky(broken finger) is also still out, but has been practicing hard. Steve Rucchin who is out with a fractured foot, missed another game. But has said, if it was a playoff game, he could play.
A lot of younger players are getting into the lineup, staying in the re-building process. Yet still fighting for 1st in the atlantic division.