Rangers get big injury news ahead of Game 1 vs. Hurricanes

The Eastern Conference semifinals took place on Saturday, May 4, following the Bruins’ victory over the Leafs in Game 7 as Boston joined the Florida Panthers, the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers in the second round of the East Side of the bracket. .

The Rangers, who kick off the second round on Sunday by hosting the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden, welcomed a crucial member of their lineup back to practice on Saturday after missing the last two sessions for ‘maintenance reasons’.

Multiple Rangers beat reporters, including Vince Mercogliano of USA Today, Mollie Walker of the New York PostAnd Peter Baugh of The Athleticreported Fox’s presence on the ice on Saturday, May 4, just over 24 hours after the Game 1 puck drop between New York and Carolina.

Adam Fox may have suffered a knee injury

After Fox missed the first practice of the week and the second the day after, there was some concern among Rangers fans and reporters about what was going on with New York’s No. 1 defenseman.

There was cause for concern, mind you, as Fox found itself in a blowout game in Game 4 of the first round against the Washington Capitals. Fox took a knee-on-knee blow from opponent Nick Jensen.

However, the Rangers have not confirmed or denied that Fox has an injury entering Game 1, nor have they ruled him out of the previous two practices New York held before Saturday.

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“This time of year, it’s important if you can get some extra rest,” Fox told reporters after practice on May 4. “It’s obviously fun to get out and skate before the game.”

Fox suffered another hit more than six months ago when he collided with upcoming opponent Sebastian Aho in a regular-season game against the Hurricanes on November 2. After that game, Fox missed 10 games.

Adam Fox in Game 1 lineup along with rookie Matt Rempe

Not only was Fox back training on Saturday, but Marcogliano also placed him in the first defensive pair when reporting the lines deployed in practice by Rangers head coach Peter Laviolette on May 4.

These rules are the exact same as those that correspond to the lineup New York used in their series finale against the Capitals. By extension, that means Matt Rempe will line up for the Rangers when they make their second-round debut against the Canes on Sunday at MSG.

Rempe was joined by teammates Jimmy Vesey and Barclay Goodrow as part of the Rangers’ fourth, “enforcing” line ahead of their game against Carolina.

The rookie has yet to play against the Hurricanes since making his regular-season debut, having been suspended the last time the two teams met on March 12.

That game, which the Rangers won 1-0 with Fox scoring the lone goal at the time, was played in Raleigh and was Rempe’s first game off the ice. a four-game suspension imposed on him by the NHL following his head shot on New Jersey Devils’ Jonas Siegenthaler.

After some doubt entering the playoffs about whether or not he would be a healthy scratch, Rempe never lost coach Laviolette’s confidence and played in all four first-round games against the Capitals.

Rempe logged just 27:02 minutes of playing time against Washington, the fewest of any Ranger, according to Stathead. If Laviolette decides to scratch him at some point, his natural replacements would be Jonny Brodzinski (faster and more versatile) or Filip Chytil (after a months-long recovery from concussion symptoms).