On April 1, after being a healthy scratch for three games, Darroll Powe returned to the Rangers lineup. Since that game, the Rangers are 8-3-1.
Powe has played between 6 and 11 minutes on the Rangers fourth line since returning. He is averaging 1:36 on the PK and 9:03 overall.
Earlier in the year, John Tortorella said that Powe has really helped the Rangers PK and called how he plays “old school” He added that the physical, grinding style fits in with what he wants his players to do.
Powe has no goals and no assists this season. He has 75 hits.
Powe was acquired in early February from the Wild for Mike Rupp.
THIS SECTION is all about Powe.
Two-thirds of the Rangers fourth line last night was not in the lineup last Thursday in the Rangers loss to the Panthers.
Arron Asham returned from injury, Kris Newbury was called up from Hartford and combined with Darroll Powe, they scored a goal and drew a key penalty that led to the Rangers tying the game.
- Darroll Powe: 8:35 with one shot, two hits and a blocked shot
- Kris Newbury: 8:55 with an assist, three hits and 2 wins and 4 losses on faceoffs
- Arron Asham: 6:39 with a goal, two shots and three hits.
When asked to describe the role his line played in the game, Asham said that they provided his teammates with some “jump.”
John Tortorella said last night that the fourth line “changed the complexion of the game” and played a big role in the Rangers securing a point.
Dan Girardi said on MSG that the way the fourth line played was exactly the way it needs to moving forward.
Before the game on MSG, John Tortorella said of Kris Newbury “He is a junk-yard dog. He is physical, he is on the puck. He just can’t cross the line with the discipline. He has been a good solider down there. We are hoping maybe he bangs one in for us. He brings some jam.”
12:36PM: On twitter, the Rangers announced that Darroll Powe has been cleared to play tomorrow against the Winnipeg Jets.
John Tortorella said that Powe is “good to go.”
Powe skated today with Brian Boyle and JT Miller.
More on Powe’s concussion including how John Tortorella missed him, HERE.
Sam Rosen, on MSG, said that Darroll Powe is feeling better after suffering a concussion on Sunday night against the Capitals.
Powe is not on the trip with the Rangers in Ottawa.
On MSG, Al Trautwig announced that Darroll Powe did suffer a concussion.
Powe was placed on IR yesterday.
In six games with the Rangers, Darroll Powe has established himself as a defensive player/penalty killer that John Tortorella trusts.
Powe was knocked out of last night’s game when he collided with Matt Hendricks and had to be helped off the ice by Derek Stepan and Arron Asham.
Earlier today, Tortorella said that the loss of Powe was felt instantly, “I missed him right away on the bench, especially protecting a lead. He has been a really good penalty killer. I don’t know how long he will be out. He has helped. He doesn’t have the stats but it isn’t always about stats. He has done a good job in his role.
Powe was placed on IR earlier today.
He has said in the past that he doesn’t care about anything but winning.
Ryan Callahan said to the Rangers website that the players were told shortly after Powe left the ice that he was doing okay.
Derek Stepan said of Powe, “he has only been here six or seven games but he has been a big part and has fit in really well in the locker room.”
According to Katie Strang, the Rangers have placed Darroll Powe on IR and called up Brandon Mashinter.
Chris Kreider is still with the team.