On Sunday, the New York Rangers announced forward Jesper Fast will be sidelined two-four weeks with an upper-body injury.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) December 16, 2018
The injury sustained during the Rangers loss on Friday night will keep Fast our approximately two-four weeks.
Fast suffered the injury as a result of a hard, open-ice check he took from Arizona’s Josh Archibald at the 5:20 mark of the second period, Friday. The winger missed approximately 11:30 before rejoining the contest. He took regular shifts for the remainder of the game.
Fast, 27, has spent his entire career with the Rangers. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, (175th overall). The six-year veteran had played in all 31 games for the Rangers until Sunday afternoon. He had recorded three goals with eight points for 11 points.
The versatile forward has the ability to play on any line that David Quinn has seen fit. His loss will primarily be felt on the penalty kill unit where Fast excels.
Fast did not participate in practice on Saturday. On Sunday morning the Rangers recalled center Cristoval Nieves from the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack. Nieves played the on the fourth line with Lias Andersson and Ryan Strome. Nieves recorded zero points and played in 10:14 of the game.
The Rangers just got two players back on Friday night in Mats Zuccarello (two points since his return) and Pavel Buchnevich ( one goal since his return), but the injury bug continues to haunt the Blueshirts.
Kevin Shattenkirk suffered a separated shoulder last week and will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time. The Rangers have been unable to put a full roster on to the ice since defenseman Adam McQuaid suffered an injury in late October.
The New York Rangers will take their injury-filled, young lineup to battle the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, at 7:00 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden where they will look for their first regulation win in the month of December.