Adam Fox, Filip Chytil injuries will be big early test for Rangers’ depth

Rangers have been blessed since the perfect pregnancy delivered Adam Fox into their arms during the 2019-20 season. They have benefited from the extraordinary instincts, intelligence and talent of their defensemen on both ends of the ice.

And they have benefited from Fox’s stamina and ability to stay healthy. In fact, No. 23 was unusually healthy, missing a total of 4 games through injury for the first 4 of his career (and no longer available after being placed in COVID-19 protocol). 1 game).


But now more can happen. And it could be even bigger after Fox took a foot-to-leg hit from Carolina’s Sebastian Aho and crossed the Canes’ line with just over 5:30 left in the first period from Thursday’s game at the Garden. There is sex.

Head coach Peter Laviolette said Fox and Filip Sitil were permanently sidelined late in the second period with unexplained upper-body injuries after an initial collision with Jesper Fast, but both were tested on Friday. He plans to receive the exam.

Adam Fox left with a lower-body injury during the Rangers’ win over the Hurricanes.
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There’s a lot to like about the Rangers, who overcame those key absences to win 2-1 on Will Quill’s game-tying wrist shot at 10:21 of the third period and extend their winning streak to six games. With a record of 8-2 after 10 games, you like the club’s resilience, discipline, goaltending, attention to detail and ability to work hard.

What you probably don’t like as much is the depth of the club. If either Fox or Chytil, or both, are sidelined for more than a short period of time, chances are they’ll probably get a chance now. Now, you may remember that no one felt sorry for the Avalanche when they lost Cale Makar for an extended period of time last season.

However, the Rangers gave it their all in this game, with defensemen Braden Schneider and Erik Gustafsson given more time and presumptive fourth liner Jimmy Vesey given more time up front. He actually saved his best 20 minutes. Berkeley Goodrow and Nick Bonino.

Goodrow shifted from the left side of the fourth unit to wingers Quill and Blake Wheeler on the center third line, with Vincent Trocheck taking Sitiil’s position between Artemi Panarin and Alexis Lafreniere. Vesey used his stick to deflect a pass into the stands, and Carolina pressed in the final moments with an extra attacker. Bonino and Goodrow were on their final shift.

Perhaps if Fox slumps for a while, Zach Jones, who was hurt for nine of the first 10 games, will get a chance. Laviolette could very well be paired with Schneider and Ryan Lindgren while the tandem of Trouba and Kaandre Miller remains in place and Jones skates with Gustafsson.

It’s not ideal, but that’s hockey.

In a game with few events, it was eventful enough for Rangers to come away with another win. In this match, referees Steve Kozali and TJ Luxmore appeared to be wearing candy cane colored lenses, and the two obvious high sticks in the Blueshirts’ faces were ignored or overlooked, resulting in idiot hits. They responded to this as well. In a contest where energy was low, they increased their energy levels.

Torba wanted a piece of the idiot, of course he did. More than once his captain attempted to engage Carolina Center. But the idiot didn’t want that. He did not want to join Torba.

“Every time you do something you have to fight, so I thought he probably had to respond to that, too,” he said, playing 17 minutes, 56 seconds in the final two periods and setting a team-best 24 minutes, 56 seconds. Torba said. “He didn’t feel that way…not just towards me, but towards anyone.”

The Rangers had all sorts of trouble creating a 5-on-5 offense. Chris Kreider’s power-play goal 2:41 into the game gave him his sixth goal of the season and seventh overall to take a 1-0 lead, but the Canes broke it with a PPG of their own at 9:53. . The Blueshirts entered the third period tied and without two of their most important players, they found themselves in a bind.

Filip Sittil suffered an upper-body injury in the Rangers' win over the Hurricanes on Thursday and did not return.
Filip Sittil suffered an upper-body injury in the Rangers’ win over the Hurricanes on Thursday and did not return.
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So they responded by solving the problem by playing in the Carolina zone, even though the power play dried up with Gustafsson replacing Fox at the point. They responded under the worst conditions and during the best hours of the night.

The Rangers have played four games with a one-goal margin, and the last three have been in a row. They’ve won them all, and this time they won in the third period in overtime. There were so many things I liked so far. Now let’s take a look at its depth.

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