Injury Updates; Henrik Lundqvist and Jesper Fast
The Rangers are in the midst of an eight game point streak (6-0-2) following a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, and are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games. What’s impressive is that New York has been without franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for the last 10 games, and has been without Jesper Fast for the last eight games.
Henrik Lundqvist has been sidelined with a sprained blood vessel, and Jesper Fast has been out of the lineup since the game against the Predators with a sprained knee. But Alain Vingeault gave Rangers fans some good news following practice this afternoon.
Henrik Lundqvist was out on the ice for about 45 minutes this afternoon, in full equipment, and was taking low shots. That means everything around the pads, not near the area of injury in the neck.
It’s been almost three weeks since he missed the first game against the Bruins, and the Rangers initially said that he would be reevaluated after three weeks. However, Lundqvist has not been scheduled to see the doctor for an update yet. That is a bit concerning, and may allude to a lengthier recovery time than initially thought. Lundqvist did say in an interview that he hoped to be back for the final playoff push, which could mean sometime in mid-March.
But it’s good to see him keeping his conditioning up, practicing, and “working extremely hard” as Vigneault said.
Jesper Fast has played a very nice, underappreciated supporting role this season. He’s a great defensive player, and is yet to be on the ice for a power play goal, spending nearly 40 minutes shorthanded. As the season has progressed, we were seeing “Quickie” take more shots, join in on the rush, and work on his offensive game. However, he sprained his right knee in the game against Nashville following a collision along the boards.
Fast has spent the last two practices on the ice in a non-contact jersey, and is supposedly close to returning to contact during drills. He was initially ruled out two to four weeks, so he is progressing as scheduled.
Once he is back to contact drills, Vigneault will have a better idea of when he will return.
In other news, Rick Nash took a maintenance day during this afternoon’s practice, and is expected to play tomorrow. Since Vigneault changed up the power play units, the Rangers are 0-13 on the man advantage, so expect him to change things around for tomorrow’s game against Calgary.
Neither Matt Hunwick nor John Moore can seem to solidify the sixth defenseman role, and it is a position that the Rangers need a steady player in. Depth scoring is something the team may need to address as well, with minimal production coming from the fourth line.
Vigneault said that if the Rangers can add something before the deadline to help, then they will. But if they stay putt, he likes this group, especially it’s work ethic.
Posted on February 24, 2015, in Rangers Updates and tagged Alain Vigneault, Cam Talbot, Henrik Lundqvist, Jesper Fast, King Henrik, Mackenzie Skapski, Madison Square Garden, MSG, New York Rangers, NHL, NHL 2014-2015 Season, NY Rangers, NYR, Rangers, Rangers Nation, Rangerstown, Skapski. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.