July 15, 2024


Exercise makes you strong

It’s time for the NY Rangers to prioritize health

NEW YORK — It is really bubble-wrap time, folks.

The Rangers are significantly less than 1 week absent from Game 1 of their 1st playoff sequence in 5 yrs, which will begin either May perhaps 2 or May possibly 3. And with Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Sq. Back garden, their location in the standings is locked.

Two video games keep on being on their schedule, but the Blueshirts can do no greater — and no even worse — than 2nd place in the Metro Division.

They’re going to have to wait to uncover out who their opponent is, with the Penguins and Capitals even now jockeying for third spot. Equally groups dropped Tuesday, which leaves Pittsburgh one position in advance though Washington has one particular game in hand.

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Wellbeing will come very first

Even though the Pens and the Caps kind that out, the Rangers require to prioritize their health and fitness.

That became painfully clear during Tuesday’s second period of time, during which both equally Andrew Copp and Artemi Panarin left the recreation with injuries. Neither would return, leaving the Rangers to cross their fingers that the two will be completely ready for up coming week.

“They really should be high-quality,” Gerard Gallant said. “We’re currently being cautious.”

New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) skates the puck past Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in New York.

The head mentor downplayed the severity of the two injuries — decrease overall body for Copp and upper entire body for Panarin — which has been a theme of late although dealing with a few notable scares. 

The Rangers at the time all over again appear to have averted anything severe, with Gallant noting that trainers gave him the option of reinserting equally gamers, if required.

“They instructed me involving intervals, ‘Do you want them back again? Do you will need them back?’” Gallant defined. “I claimed, ‘No, I have to have them back again upcoming 7 days.’”