The injuries are starting to pile up for the New York Rangers. Captain Ryan Callahan is the latest victim that was added to that list.
Callahan broke his thumb in Wednesday night’s win over the Washington Capitals. This is another huge blow to the Rangers forward. Out of their usual top six forwards, they will now be missing three of them. Callahan joins Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin as players who are currently out with injury. Callahan was just starting to heat up too as he had scored three goals in his last two games. The Rangers recalled Darroll Powe from the AHL and he will most likely be in the lineup for the next game.
This means the Rangers are going to need more contributions from other players. Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle and J.T. Miller are all going to see more minutes and must start scoring some goals. Brassard has been the best out of this group of players as he was beginning to develop some real good chemistry with Callahan and Brad Richards. The rest of these players have not scored a goal yet during the regular season. Both the power play and penalty kill will suffer, as Callahan was a player who excelled in both of these situations.
It is clear that the Rangers are going to need to step up collectively in order to fill the void in their lineup. Callahan is an essential part of their team on and off the ice. His leadership will be greatly missed over the next few weeks.