Zuccarello was hit on the left side of his head by defenseman Ryan McDonagh’s slap shot late in the first period during Game 5 of the first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. He left the game with 3:58 remaining in the first period and did not return.
“It’s a tough play to watch for sure,” McDonagh said to NHL.com. “You see him take it off the head, that’s a scary play.”
Coach Alain Vigneault said that Martin St. Louis would likely take Zuccarello’s spot on a line with Derick Brassard and Rick Nash, and Jesper Fast would move up into St. Louis’ spot alongside Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin.
James Sheppard, who has appeared in 14 games with the Rangers since being acquired before the trade deadline from the San Jose Sharks, will likely make his playoff debut on the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass.
The Rangers will recall a forward from Hartford of the American Hockey League, said Vigneault, prior to the second-round series starting so the team has 13 healthy forwards.Read more... Join the Conversation...