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Ryan Lindgren to make NHL debut as injury bug hits New York Rangers

Rookie defenseman Ryan Lindgren will make his debut with the New York Rangers Tuesday with Fredrik Claesson and Neal Pionk out with injuries.

Frank Curto

  • New York Rangers: 18-20-7
  • Carolina Hurricanes: 22-18-5
  • Television: MSG Network
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden

The New York Rangers are battling the injury bug yet again and this time it involves three starting defensemen.

Following the team’s morning skate at Madison Square Garden, head coach David Quinn provided updates on his team’s injury status per Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post.

  • Fredrik Claesson will be out 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury.
  • Neal Pionk will be out of the lineup until after the All-Star Break dealing with a lingering lower-body injury.
  • Adam McQuaid will be a game-time decision.

Regardless of the McQuaid decision, rookie defensemen Ryan Lindgren will make his NHL debut tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. Lindgren, 20-years-old, has skated in 35 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack this season, registering five assists, along with a plus-seven rating and 41 penalty minutes.

Kevin Hayes will miss his seventh consecutive game as he continues to battle an upper-body injury. He did skate with the team on Tuesday morning but was wearing a traditional red non-contact jersey.

Henrik Lundqvist will make his 33rd start of the season, he has a record of 12-12-7 with 3.08 goals against average and has been pulled in two of his last three starts. Henrik has played in 40 games against Carolina with a 28-11-1, 2.03 goals against average, winning his last five starts against the Hurricanes.

The Rangers have played well at the Garden earning at least one point in seven of the last nine home games. They will play two more games this week followings Tuesday nights contest, Thursday at home against the Blackhawks and Saturday at Boston.

At the conclusion of the Boston game, the team will be on the collectively bargained bye week, which goes through the NHL All-Star break. The team will not play another NHL game until Jan. 29 at home against Philadelphia.

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