Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Zuccarello Out Indefinitely

The New York Rangers have made the announcement this week that forward Mats Zuccarello is now out indefinitely with his upper-body injury and his status for any play in the team's second round match-up against the Washington Capitals is now in doubt.

It is believed that Zuccarello suffered a concussion when he was struck in the head inadvertently by teammate Ryan McDonagh's slapshot in Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He was forced from the game, not to return.  If it is indeed a concussion, Zuccarello will have to go through the league protocol, which would not make him eligible until the weekend, forcing him to miss at least Game 1.

Of course, we're not going to get anything official until after the playoffs or after he returns to the lineup, but even his return to the lineup won't guarantee an official injury report.

In five games in these playoffs, Zuccarello has only managed to pick up 2 assists, which has got to be somewhat of a disappointment for the eight teams that had picked him up in that box.

Box 17 hasn't been the greatest source of points thus far in these playoffs, as Zuccarello's 2 points are only 2 points back of the leaders, Mika Zibanejad of the Senators and Chris Kunitz of the Penguins, both players now eliminated from the playoffs.

An updated list of injuries can be found here.

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