What a difference a week makes. After two quality wins over the Maple Leafs and the Flyers the Rangers have gotten back to a 3-3-0 record and appear to be shaking off the rust. As well as the Blue Shirts have played these past two games though, the injury to Ryan Callahan puts a damper on win streak. Callahan took exception to the way Maxime Talbot was crashing the crease and pulled him aside to drop the gloves. Unfortunately the awkward tugging motions by Talbot seems to have hurt the Ranger captain as he immediately reached for his shoulder and skated off the ice. Callahan did not return and got an MRI Wednesday that showed a subluxation of his left shoulder. The Rangers got lucky because the time table for his return now is only 10-14 days instead of the prolonged period initially feared. People will understandably blame Talbot for the injury but there was nothing he could do about it. Callahan was his usual scrappy self and sometimes when you stand up for your teammates you get unlucky. Give Talbot credit for stopping when he realized something was wrong with his dance partner. The hard truth the Rangers now must deal with is that given the condensed schedule this season Callahan is likely to miss a minimum of six games. If you’ve ever watched a Rangers game you don’t need me to tell you how big a loss that is. “What a play by Callahan!” is basically Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti’s personal slogan. The Rangers will need to find someone, whether it’s an AHL kid, a free agent, or via trade to play for a while. JT Miller is a prospect who was an AHL All Star this year and may see a call up. If he can come back from his injury soon and reasonably well this may be a time for Chris Krieder to see more minutes. The next four games are against the Penguins, Lightning, Devils, and Islanders. This is where the veteran leaders of this team like Nash, Richards, and Lundqvist need to carry the team.
Top Shelf Performers:
Henrik Lundqvist – He’s let up three goals the past two games. None have been his fault. A defensive lapse and a deflection lead to two goals against the Leafs, while a perfect shot lead to one against the Flyers. He is coming into form.
Michael Del Zotto – He played well against the Flyers, scoring a goal and an assist. He looks better defensively and has cut down on turnovers. I think we can continue to expect big things this season.
Brad Richards — Offensively he’s coming around but he continues to lose faceoffs in big spots. That has got to improve if you’re a first line center.
Carl Hagelin – He was demoted a line form the start of the year and took a stupid too many men on the ice penalty yesterday which upset Torts. I do have faith he’ll come around but thus far his play has not been anything to write home about.
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Written by Eric O'Connell
Eric O'Connell is Junior at St. John's University in Queens, New York but hails from Connecticut. He has been a life long fan of the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New York Rangers. Other interests include hanging out with friends, listening to music, having a good time, and Coffee Oreo Ice Cream. Follow on Twitter @EOCONN36 (opinions are mine and not Pro Sports Blogging)