The Rangers just can’t catch a break [Getty]
NEW YORK- After leaving the game on November 30th against the Hurricanes, it has been reported that Kevin Klein will be not be playing for the next 2-3 weeks. The official ruling of his injury was an oblique strain. Not only are the Rangers missing a key asset in their defensive line, they are also missing Derek Stepan for the next 4-6 weeks. The Rangers will have to make some adjustments to their broken lineup because right now isn’t looking good for the team. Not only have they suffered impactful injuries, but they have dropped five games out of the last eight. The Washington Capitals are also about to take over the division, after tying the Rangers at 18 wins.
The Rangers don’t have a current plan to pull up another defensemen from the farm system. The most likely person to fill Klein’s role is Dylan McIlrath. McIlrath has posted very good numbers for the selective amount of ice time he has gotten so it should be a good experience for him as a player and for the team. Analysts suspect that the Rangers will pull up an extra forward and defenseman before they leave for an away game on December 9th. The two players will most likely be Jayson Megna and Brady Skjei.