The New York Rangers are already prepared to play their Tuesday night game without blue liner and captain Ryan McDonagh – but now, they’re playing without fellow defenseman Marc Staal as well.
The Metropolitan Division club confirmed – via Andrew Gross of the New Jersey Record on Twitter – on Tuesday afternoon that they would play their upcoming game against the New Jersey Devils without Staal in their blue line roster, citing a lower body injury as the reason to hold him out. Team head coach Alain Vigneault described the injury as a ‘tweak’, so don’t expect it to be serious or long-lasting – but the impact in the team’s game tonight could be considerable.
The Rangers, as mentioned above, are already without defenseman Ryan McDonagh due to a jaw contusion and neck spasms. The good news is that prospect Brady Skjei was recalled this morning from the Hartford Whalers of the AHL – but this leaves the New York club without two of their most heavily relied-upon defensemen heading into a game against a divisional rival.
The two teams will face off at 7:00 PM EST tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.