It seems as if the injury bug has once again struck the New York Rangers. Having a team member become a victim to injury is nothing new for the Blueshirts this season, especially when it happens to one of their all-star players.
This time, future hall-of-famer right winger Martin St. Louis has been sidelined 10-14 days with a right knee injury suffered in last night’s 2-1 win of the Florida Panthers. St. Louis seemed to suffer the injury after becoming tangled up with Dmitry Kulikov behind the Panther’s net with 4:33 left to go in the third period. He did not play another shift after the play.
St. Louis has twenty goals and forty-seven points in sixty eight games this season for New York. He is third on the team in points and second in goals.
Then there is Henrik Lundqvist, who the organization has been quite secretive regarding his status and health updates. The past couple weeks he has been seen in full gear, taking hard conditioning drills and low shots to the leg pads only.
There has been rumors circulating today that the “King” may be available for play sometime around next week, such as March 24 to be exact. Since he suffered his injury, the Rangers are 14-2-3 thanks to Cam Talbot and newcomer Mackenzie Skapski. The Rangers have moved quietly up the standings to become first in the entire league.
Only time will tell if Lundqvist will actually return sometime next week or if it is just speculation. Of course, it may take time for him to get into the swing of things, but he is a quick learner and will not take too long to get back into game shape. Just as long as he shakes off the rust before playoffs start on April 15.