New YorkStar forward Artemi PanarinLeft the Rangers' 4-3 lossThe Carolina HurricanesTuesday night: Upper-body injury
Linemate Andrew Copp(lower body) also left the Rangers in the second period. The Rangers settled for the No. The loss resulted in the 2 seed in the Metropolitan Division.
Gerard Gallant, Rangers coach said that neither of the injuries he saw was serious and that both could have returned. Given the situation, the Rangers wanted to be cautious, especially as the playoffs start next week.
Gallant also said that he might alter his strategy for the week and possibly sit some of the team stars, given the information he saw Tuesday. He said, “I'll think it over tomorrow morning.”
Panarin, an integral member of the No. Panarin, a staple on the No. 1 power play unit is the team's top scorer with 96 points and an average of 19:06 on the ice. Copp, who was acquired by the team at the trade deadline. Winnipeg JetsHe has enjoyed playing with Panarin. He has eight goals and 18 point in 16 games played with New York.
Rangers will be hosting either the Pittsburgh PenguinsOr the Washington CapitalsNext week's Game 1 Round 1