Rangers unlikely to have Barclay Goodrow for rest of series

The Rangers could possibly be lacking Barclay Goodrow for some time.

The official designation for Goodrow, who’s out with a lower-body harm it’s believed he suffered on a blocked shot throughout Game 1 of the first-round playoff series, is week-to-week. But Goodrow is unlikely to journey to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4 and doubtless received’t return within the first spherical, Rangers coach Gerard Gallant stated Friday.

“He’s an important piece,” Gallant stated. “There’s no doubt we’re gonna have a tough time replacing him, but that’s what hockey’s all about. Somebody stepped in there. [Dryden Hunt] stepped in last night and played a real solid game. Move on, for the guys who get in there, do the job and work hard. They’re missing some key players, too, that’s what hockey’s all about.”

When the Rangers added Goodrow final offseason, the 29-year-old’s playoff expertise was one of the driving elements. He performed a key function within the Lightning’s title runs in 2020 and 2021, and with the Rangers, he has stuffed the function for which they added him.

Barclay Goodrow
Barclay Goodrow
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But that doesn’t do a lot to soften the blow of his absence in a very powerful time of the year.

“I think you guys know what he brings to our team,” Gallant stated. “We’re gonna miss him in all those spots. He can play anywhere, any position. Character guy, leader guy. He’s been around our group, he’s still gonna be around our group. Hopefully we’ll get him back sooner than later but it’s gonna be a while.”

Hunt, who was a wholesome scratch in Game 1, stepped in on the fourth line in Game 2, taking part in 10:28 with three hits. Presumably, he’ll fill the identical spot for Game 3.

“He’s obviously a big player for us, we’re gonna miss him,” Jacob Trouba stated of Goodrow. “But we love the depth of our team.”

Ryan Lindgren stays a game-time resolution for Saturday.

Tyler Motte has skated and will play within the series, however Gallant was uncertain whether or not he would journey for Game 3.

Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith underwent core muscle surgical procedure and shall be out for the rest of the playoffs. With Tristan Jarry but to skate, the Rangers are possible to see Louis Domingue in internet for the foreseeable future.

Pittsburgh’s Jason Zucker participated in an elective apply on Friday after lacking the primary two video games of the series. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan instructed reporters Zucker shall be a game-time resolution for Game 3. Brian Dumoulin and Rickard Rakell are each day-to-day after lacking Game 2.

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