New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren leaves the game with an upper body injury

New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren left Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals with an upper-body injury and will not be returning according to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.

The incident happened midway through the first period when Capitals forward TJ Oshie awkwardly hit Lindgren, slamming him hard against the boards. He was able to stand up on his own but was holding his left shoulder as it seemed to be hanging down. There was no call on the play. Lindgren recorded 3 minutes of ice time and blocked a shot. After the ensuing faceoff, Oshie dropped the gloves with Rangers’ Barclay Goodrow to settle the difference.

Lindgren has a career-high 17 points (one goal, 16 assists), 64 hits and 86 shot blocks in 56 games this season with an average time on the ice of 19:12. The Burnsville, Minnesota product played the best minutes alongside Rangers blue-line prodigy Adam Fox. He is currently in the second year of a three-year, $9 million extension he signed in 2021; the contract has an average annual value of $3 million. During his 250-game career, he recorded seven goals and 55 assists for 62 points.

Rangers have dressed Ben Harpur for today’s morning game, meaning they have seven defenders available and can operate the blue line without a man down. Harpur has four points (one goal, three assists) in 22 games this season.

The Rangers are third in the Metropolitan Division with a 33-16-9 record and a 0.647% point percentage. They follow the New Jersey Devils and the Carolina Hurricanes.

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