NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 6: Ryan Reaves # 75 of the New York Rangers is injured on a check from PK Subban # 76 of the New Jersey Devils (R) in the first period during a preseason match at Madison Square Garden in October 06, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)
The New York Rangers have named Ryan Reaves as the daily after injuring his left leg / ankle in the team’s 6-2 win over NJ. He will not practice today, but this should be a good sign that he will be able to face the Washington Capitals, which opens tonight, October 13th.
Rangers Reaves escapes serious injury
At the 9:59 mark in the first period against NJ, PK Subban took Ryan Reaves to the boards and tripped him. Reaves’ left leg was caught in a rut and bent awkwardly. Blueshirt’s toughest player had to be helped by the ice that ended his night.
Reaves, 34, is no stranger to the physical aspects of the game. In 686 games he has collected 937 penalty minutes. He can also chip in with occasional offense, as he has picked up 101 points during that time. The big forward also likes to throw the body with 2,322 hits in his career to go with 75 big penalties.
“I tried to go in there and prepare. Of course, my leg was still on the ice and pulling a little, and I know that his legs were a little tense, “said Subban after the match. “He’s an important player for their team – a guy I know. It’s just a shame. You saw my reaction after it happened, I was trying to help him … it’s an accident, of course. ”
In fairness, Gallant saw it pretty much the same way.
“I don’t think it was a vicious hit or a beaten foot,” he said after the match. “I do not think there was any intention at all. I do not think PK intended to cause the damage. ”
The good news is that Reaves have avoided a lengthy injury and should be okay to start the season.