NHL.com is reporting that New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has been diagnosed with a concussion. He was injured during the third period of New York’s game on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils when he was hit by Reid Boucher. Staal wasn’t able to finish that contest and missed Sunday’s game against the Washington Capitals as well.
Here’s a look at the hit that caused the injury.
Staal has appeared in 30 games this season, but this concussion is another injury in what has been a string of problems for the big-minute defenseman. According to Katie Strang of ESPN New York, Staal missed 36 games in 2011-12 due to a concussion and missed a lot of time during the 2013 campaign after taking a puck to the eye.
Michael Del Zotto replaced Staal in the lineup on Sunday. It’s unclear at this juncture how long the 26-year-old defender will be on the shelf, but the loss is a tough one for the Rangers to take. New York has dropped two straight and four of their last six after resurrecting their season following a freezing cold start.
They still sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division though, where .500 hockey is likely to get more than one team into the playoffs.