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Zuccarello has a non-displaced fracture in his hand

Feb 19, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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The Olympics turned out to be a rough one for Norway’s Mats Zuccarello and now the New York Rangers will have to deal with the aftermath.

According to a report out of Norway, the hand injury that knocked Zuccarello out of action against Russia is a non-displaced fracture.

Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants says the Rangers said an MRI out of Russia confirmed the injury and he’ll be reevaluated on Thursday by a team medical consultant.

The injury comes at a most unfortunate time for both Zuccarello and the Rangers. This season, he leads the team in points with 43 and is tied with Brad Richards for second on the team in goals behind Rick Nash.

The Rangers are in second place in the Metropolitan Division but are 16 points behind Pittsburgh for first. If they’re without Zuccarello for a length of time, they’ll need to see someone else step up offensively to fill his shoes.

  1. jaybyrd99 - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    I enjoy watching the olympics but this is what I feared the most,an injury to a key player on the Rangers. I’d just as soon have them all stay away . He’s their leading scorer and is going to be tough to replace. Tough break ,bad pun and all.

  2. cruuuzcontrol - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Well, this is certainly no good. With Rick Nash doing his best “Walking Dead” impression and the resumption of the Calla-rardi contract imbroglio, this is shaping up to be a fun next few weeks for the Rangers

  3. barkar942 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Well, the odds are that the Rangers will have either a Gold Medal winning Captain or goalie at the end of the weekend.

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