New York Rangers right winger, Martin St. Louis is eyeing his return to the lineup after missing eight consecutive games with a knee injury. He suffered an MCL sprain back on March 15 at the Garden in a close game against the Florida Panthers.
He resumed skating with the team last Thursday in Ottawa, and has made great strides to a quick return. It seems as if the injury is no longer bothering him, as he is skating full stride and has regained his speed. Of course, after not skating on it since the middle of March, one must be careful not to put too much stress on the injury at first.
He will take part in a full practice on Wednesday and be ready for the matchup against Minnesota on Thursday. Reinserting a player like St. Louis back into the lineup will add more balance and depth to the Rangers lineup, whose overall play has seemed to drop off the past couple of games. Once he returns from injury, the Rangers will only need Kevin Klein to return in order to have a completely healthy team.
This season, in sixty eight games, St. Louis has twenty goals and forty seven points. He is tied for second on the team in goals with Chris Kreider and is fourth on the team in points.
In his two seasons in New York, he has been a streaky player, with a current slump occurring just before his injury. However, when it comes to the post season, St. Louis steps into the spotlight and reminds the organization why they acquired him. In their Stanley Cup run last postseason, Marty had eight goals and fifteen points in twenty five games.
St. Louis is certainly getting up there in age (39) and this extra rest could be an advantage come playoff time. He was a big part of the competing for the Cup last year, and this post season should not be any different.