The Rangers have announced that Ryane Clowe will not return for the Rangers.
Clowe took a hit from Jason Chimera where his head went into the glass/boards.
Chimera was assessed a boarding penalty for the hit.
A little over 3 minutes after he took the hit, Clowe took a shift from 1:06 and then went to the locker room.
Clowe returned to the Rangers lineup in game four after missing the previous four games with an undisclosed injury.
2:56PM: John Tortorella said today that he could see right from the beginning that Clowe was going to be a “major asset” during the playoffs and Tortorella said that he thinks Clowe played well last night after being out for a while.
2:14PM: In his return to the lineup, Ryane Clowe played 12:19 and had an assist. Clowe didn’t attempt any shots but had four hits.
Clowe played 3:12 in the first, 3:56 in the second and 5:11 in the third period.
According to the NHL play by play sheet, Clowe saw shifts with:
- Brian Boyle and Derick Brassard
- Brad Richards and Arron Asham
- Richards and Brassard
- Brassard and Asham
- Brassard and Dorsett
- Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan
- Boyle and Asham
- Brassard and Hagelin (Had an assist with them)
- Richards and Dorsett
- Boyle and Hagelin
- Richards and Rick Nash
- Richards and Taylor Pyatt
Before the game, John Tortorella told Sam Rosen that Clowe will help out with board battles and protecting the puck. He added, that Clowe “does a lot of the little things that are so important in playoff hockey. He has played a lot in the playoffs, put up numbers in the playoffs and I think he will bolster us. I am a little concerned with the speed of the game, but just having him on the bench to have the grit and grind will be a big help to us.”
According to a tweets from Pat Leonard and Katie Strang, Ryane Clowe won’t 100% confirm that he will be in the Rangers lineup tonight, but says that there is a good chance he will play.
Clowe will likely enter the lineup and replace Darroll Powe who was injured in game three.
Following practice today, Ryane Clowe wen through some battle drills and took some contact which could be another step towards him returning to the lineup.
Clowe told the media that he didn’t think not taking contact was holding him back, but that he wants to make the smartest decision in regards to his health.
He said, “sometimes you gotta be smart when you have an injury. If you ask around to people who know me, I don’t like missing games and if i can play, I will play. I’m not holding out, I just don’t wanna play a couple of shifts and then something happens and then I’m out again. I wanna make sure that I am all in when I go back in. It’s just day to day with how I feel.”
Ryane Clowe skated during Rangers practice today in regular jersey and told Ranger Rants that he felt good on the ice and may be able to return to the Rangers lineup tomorrow.
Clowe had a hard skate yesterday and said that he is taking things day by day.
He added that he loves the intense and physical nature of the playoffs and he wanted to come to the Rangers so he could help the Rangers make a run. He said that he thinks he will be effective when he is able to return to the lineup.
Clowe did say that while he has been cleared for contact and desperately wants to play, he still hasn’t had much contact yet since the Rangers didn’t have a lot during practice.
Ryane Clowe skated, in a non-contact jersey, for the first time since leaving the Rangers game against the Carolina Hurricanes eight days ago.
At Ranger Rants, Clowe said that he felt good on the ice and he told Dan Rosen that he isn’t ruling himself out for tomorrow’s game against the Capitals.
The key to returning to the lineup will be knowing if he is capable of taking a hit, which is something that Clowe and the trainers need to discuss.
He told the Rangers website that he isn’t worried about his conditioning and thinks he can run on adrenaline like he did in his first game with the Rangers where he scored two goals.
Clowe would not discuss what specific ailment kept him out of the lineup, saying that he was testing something in his body and that he felt pretty good.
3:22PM: In the Daily News, Pat Leonard writes that Ryane Clowe was at the Rangers training center today and walking around without any problems. Clowe did not speak and when asked for comment, declined and walked away.
9:52AM: Ryane Clowe has nearly 70 games of playoff experience since entering the league in 2005-06.
He has 18 goals and 27 assists in those games including 15 points in 17 games for the Sharks during the 2011 playoffs.
While Clowe has not been on the ice since being skated to the locker room by his teammates against the Hurricanes, John Tortorella said that he is projecting Clowe to be an important factor for the Rangers in the playoffs, “he has the experience, he has done really good stuff on the wall and his strengths are very important if you are going to compete in the playoffs.
He added, “I think Clowey will be a real good player for us.”
Clowe played in 12 games for the Rangers and had three goals and five assists with an average of 17:01 per game.
THIS SECTION is all about Clowe.
Adam Rotter: There has been no update on Clowe since he was injured and the exact nature of his injury, head (upper body) or leg (lower body), isn’t officially known. Speculation has started to ramp up about a possible concussion since he was elbowed, but the full extend of his injury may not be known until after the Rangers season ends.
The Rangers wanted Clowe because of his size, experience and leadership. He will provide a big boost to the Rangers if he is able to return at any point during the playoffs.
According to Katie Strang, John Tortorella had no update to provide on the status of Rangers winger Ryane Clowe.
Tortorella did say that he expected Clowe to be an important factor in the playoffs.
Clowe had to be helped to the locker room after sustaining an injury.
On MSG, they showed that Mats Zuccarello and Steve Eminger had to help skate Ryane Clowe across the ice and to the Rangers locker room.
On the Rangers PP, Clowe took an elbow from Bobby Sanguinetti, seemed fine, and then struggled mightily to skate over to the bench.
The Rangers have announced that Clowe will not return tonight.
Since joining the Rangers, Ryane Clowe has four points in seven games but three of those points came in his first game with the Rangers.
Clowe played over 15 minutes in his first game but since then he has played between 16 and 21 minutes a night with an average around 18 minutes.
Tortorella said on Monday that Clowe brings a physical element to the game along with the possibility of making plays. Tortorella called him “multi-faceted” in terms of what he brings to the team.
Clowe told the Daily News that he has never not played in the playoffs during his NHL career and that the playoffs are when he plays his best hockey. He said that he feels the Rangers are a team that is built to do some damage in the playoffs.
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