Since the season started, first-year Rangers coach David Quinn has said, over and over, that the Rangers have eight defensemen who can play. At times, that made for some uncomfortable conversations between Quinn and whichever of those eight were going to be left out of the lineup on a given night, but there’s a reason NHL teams always seem to need depth at the position. Even in today’s less-physical NHL, injuries are inevitable. People get hurt.
Kevin Shattenkirk got hurt in Monday’s 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning when he was hit into the boards early in the second period by former teammate J.T. Miller. Shattenkirk left the game and ended up leaving Amalie Arena with his left arm in a sling. Quinn said afterward he didn’t have any update on Shattenkirk, and the team would know more after Shattenkirk was checked out on Tuesday. The Rangers were off Tuesday and return to practice Wednesday. They play next on Friday at the Garden against Arizona.