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The New York Rangers haven't dealt with a lot of injuries in the playoffs, but the guys who are a little banged up play key roles in the team's success.
One of those players is top defenseman Marc Staal, who missed two months after a puck hit him in the face during a regular-season game on March 5. He made his return to the Blueshirts lineup in Game 3 of the team's first-round series against the Washington Capitals, but did not play in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Staal is not only a shutdown defenseman, he's also a fantastic offensive player with his smooth skating, puck-moving skills, powerful point shot and playmaking abilities. He also plays a major role on the power play, which has been one of New York's biggest weaknesses for most of the season.
Andrew Gross of The Record recently reported an update on Staal's status:
Another Rangers player battling an injury is depth forward Darroll Powe, but the team has not revealed many details about what's troubling him. Powe did not play in Game 4, and there has been no official update on his Game 5 status. The veteran forward brings toughness, penalty killing and experience to the lineup.
After missing the first three games of the Capitals series, veteran winger Ryane Clowe made his playoff debut on Wednesday and tallied one assist in the Rangers' 4-3 victory. Because he has battled injuries for a good portion of the season, Clowe's durability will be a concern for the remainder of the playoffs.