The New York Rangers are leaving Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators feeling wounded in more ways than one.
For one thing, the two teams continue to move in opposite directions in the standings, with the Predators staying hot and the Rangers’ playoff hopes dwindling in a 5-2 decision for Nashville.
The bumps and bruises weren’t just figurative, though.
Things got nasty at times between the two teams, and in some cases, it seemed a little one-sided. Marc Staal didn’t return to the game after a hard, questionable hit by Alexei Emelin, a defenseman with a reputation for blurring the line between being physical and delivering illegal checks:
Considering Staal’s injury history, there are some very reasonable concerns about another possible concussion.
(The tone of such a tweet is a reminder that Predators fans haven’t forgotten about Vesey leaving town.)
The check left Vesey bloodied:
So, the Rangers lost two notable players to injury, badly lost, and their opponents had a “dance party” after the game. Not good.
Moments like these only rub salt into your wounds:
The Predators are a team that can win in a number of ways, and apparently that can sometimes means getting a little nasty. The Rangers found that out in a painful way.