Winger Ryan Callahan is one of the top performers on the New York Rangers outside of the top line combination of Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik and Rick Nash, and will provide much-needed scoring since returning from a shoulder injury. Callahan missed three games last week after suffering a shoulder injury in a Jan. 29 game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
In a heated battle with the Flyers, Callahan was attempting to fight Max Talbot when he fell. He made his return sooner than expected, logging 19 minutes in Thursday’s 4-1 win over the New York Islanders. In a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, he scored his third goal of the season and the first since his return.
On a third line with Chris Kreider and rookie J.T. Miller, this could be quite a season for Callahan. Miller scored his first two NHL goals in the win over the Islanders and is trying to make a case to stay with the Rangers the rest of the season, and Kreider is trying to live up to his amazing performance as a rookie during last season’s playoffs. Callahan had two goals for the Rangers in the six games before he was injured.
Last season was the best yet for Callahan, as he scored 29 goals while reaching 54 points as the Rangers reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite some of the top talent in the league on their top line, the Rangers will also need scoring from their second and third lines if they hope to get back to the playoffs, and Callahan hopes to be a big part of that.