Injuries put Rangers' playoff hopes in doubt

Avery3.jpgThe New York Rangers are headed into a big game Tuesday,
and they could be as much as six points behind 8th place Boston.
Unfortunately, they’ll likely be without Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery
who were both injured in the past week. From
Larry Brooks of the New York Post:

“Sean has been
playing his best hockey of the year,” coach John
Tortorella said following the 3-2 OT defeat to the Maple Leafs. “It’s a
tough break, not only for him, but more importantly for the hockey

Both Callahan and Avery are unsure about
their status for tomorrow night’s game against the Islanders, but both
have been essential to the energy level and the forecheck the Rangers
need to be successful. That is, when they’ve actually been able to show
up and play an energetic game. Without Avery and Callahan, it’s likely
their playoff chances dwindle significantly.

It’s also important
to note that both injuries occurred when Callahan and Avery — in
separate incidents — were chasing down pucks to beat an icing call.

some point, the NHL will realize that the icing rules need to be
changed. If the league is so set on protecting the players and promoting
safety, perhaps all out races for the pucks down the length of the ice
and into the boards isn’t exactly what the NHL needs.

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