Looks Like no Ranger Callup for Thursday

After how things went for the parent Rangers in their 9-2 loss Tuesday in San Jose, and in view of the fact that Rick Nash got hurt and missed the last two periods of that game, I thought for sure the Wolf Pack would lose a forward before New York’s next action, which is tonight at Anaheim.

As of this morning’s Wolf Pack skate, though, the roster was unchanged, indicating that either Nash was not dinged up as badly as was feared–and he did miss time with a concussion last season–or that the Rangers are comfortable with putting Jesper Fast, a healthy scratch the last two games after making his NHL debut in the parent team’s season opener last Thursday in Phoenix, back in the lineup in Nash’s place.

Jesper Fast

Jesper Fast

On the surface this is a good thing for the Pack, who seemed to have some pretty good chemistry on their forward lines during the first two games of their season this past weekend, but it also presents a telling challenge as well.  Those watching the Wolf Pack closely will get a good read on the focus of guys like Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller and Danny Kristo this weekend, as it’s only natural, especially for young players, when the big club suffers a bad loss and there is an injury, to wonder if the phone is going to ring with a summons to the NHL.  All three of those forwards made significant impacts for the Pack in the first two games, and would certainly have received consideration for a callup if one was decided upon.  They’ll get  a good chance this weekend to prove that their are totally zoned in on achieving 100% consistency, wherever they might be playing, and on avoiding any possible distractions.

Of course, after finishing their four-game West Coast swing tonight, the parents are right back in action Saturday in St. Louis.  So if they happen to run into any additional injuries, or if they don’t play a ton better than they did Tuesday night, then the Wolf Pack could certainly lose someone before they resume play tomorrow night at home against Adirondack.

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One Response to “Looks Like no Ranger Callup for Thursday”

  1. Chris Says:

    Bob what would ur best guess be as to why hockey players often don’t stay on the ice for a Intire pre game warm up? Some do a lot don’t what’s the deel?

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