New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis will be out at least two weeks with a lower body injured. The 39-year-old sustained the injury on Sunday after a hit by Florida Panthers defenceman Dmitry Kulikov. After the collision, it looked like St. Louis was favouring his leg.
This close to the post-season means all injuries are vague mysteries, however.
This isn’t really a bad thing for the Rangers or for St. Louis. While nobody likes to be injured (contrary to what hockey’s more conspiratorial fans think), getting the rest associated with recovery could prove beneficial for the forward at this point of the year. Some have rightly noted that he seems tired.
St. Louis had been picking things up with three points in his last three games, so that kind of production pick-up was a welcome sign. But prior to that, he’d been pointless in seven games and looked more than a little sluggish. And believe me, Martin St. Louis not the sort of player who takes well to looking sluggish.
In 68 games this season, St. Louis has 47 points including 20 goals. He’s a plus-8.
Interestingly, Tampa’s Ryan Callahan – the player St. Louis was traded for – also has 47 points at this time. He’s only played in 65 games, however, and has 21 goals. He’ll also now have 10-14 games on hand against St. Louis, which should put him ahead in their unofficial, totally meaningless but otherwise unique scoring race.
In light of that, it’s clear that St. Louis means a lot to the Rangers and having him healthy and ready to rumble come the post-season is really important. He led New York with eight points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year and many are hoping for the more of the same. If this injury doesn’t nag him, he’ll likely put on a show once more.
Kulikov, by the way, was the player responsible for taking out Tyler Seguin. He received a four game suspension for that debacle last month and Seguin was on the shelf. There is no suspension due on the Kulikov/St. Louis collision, of course, but one has to imagine teams going to great lengths to keep at least one particular Panther away from their star players.