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No Marc Staal (neck) for Rangers Sunday

Dec 8, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is being treated for “neck issues” on Sunday and won’t play against the Washington Capitals tonight. Head coach Alain Vigneault didn’t confirm – but also didn’t deny – the possibility of a concussion, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang.

Staal, 26, was injured by Reid Boucher of the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Here’s video of the hit:

Michael Del Zotto slides back into the lineup with Staal on the shelf.

That’s not the only change or injury update for the Rangers, either. Dominic Moore is a healthy scratch because his play has “slipped a little” (according to Vigneault); he’ll be replaced by Benoit Pouliot.

The Rangers received some upbeat injury news to go with the murky/troubling Staal situation. Derek Dorsett‘s MRI for a wrist injury generated promising results; it appears that his issues aren’t serious.

  1. madtolive5 - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    James, serious question.
    Why do you have shawn Thornton on you homepage with Staal?
    This hit had nothing to do with the Bruins? Are you using cheap tricks to get page hits?
    I really do love this site, but you guys are better then that.
    I don’t know of editors or you actually pick the pictures, but that really insinuates that Thornton was involved in Staal’s injury.

    • madtolive5 - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      Good job making the change!

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