MON Injury Report: Pietrangelo, Boyle, Dubinsky, Halak, Clifford
(4/30/12) May is just around the corner, and the 2012 playoffs are hitting a critical juncture. Whereas Round 1 tends to drag on, if nothing else due to the sheer number of teams, the second round tends to speed up because there are only 4 series, which have the potential to be over quickly. Heading into the second level of the tournament, what initially looks good for poolies can evaporate in just over a week. Injuries can be the culprit.
The big story heading into Monday is Alex Pietrangelo, who suffered an "upper body injury" after being taken hard into the boards by LA's Dwight King in Game 1. Pietrangelo's status is unclear, although coach Hitchcock says he's day-to-day. Teammates who spoke to Pietrangelo after Game 1 said he was in a lot of pain, but they hoped that a good sleep would make him feel better. Somehow, we think the injury might be a bit more serious than that, especially because Backes openly discussed the possibility of Pietrangelo missing Game 2. Watch the pre-game for the final update.
Kyle Clifford (concussion) remains day-to-day, while goalie Jaroslav Halak remains out with an ankle injury.
The following is a report on the Pietrangelo injury:
In New York, Game 2 will go ahead with question marks surrounding two key ingredients for the Rangers. Brian Boyle's status (concussion) has been upgraded to day-to-day. He's missed the last 3 games of the playoffs thanks to Chris Neil. It sounds like Boyle could be back for Game 2, and regardless he should be back soon. Brandon Dubinsky on the other hand did not practice Sunday and was reportedly seen sporting crutches. This injury is somewhat of a mystery ailment, as Dubinsky was apparently injured in Game 7 against Ottawa, but the Rangers are being tight-lipped regarding its full nature.
Enjoy the Monday action and good luck avoiding the injury bug in Round 2.