Victims of Head Shots, Staal & Vesey Join Rangers' Injury Parade

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Victims to two headshots—the one on Jimmy Vesey being especially viscious—the New York Rangers will likely be without the services of Marc Staal or Vesey for a while. What, you thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse?

Staal, who has a worrisome history of head injuries, was the first victim, taking a high hit to the head from Predators defenseman Alexei Emelin midway through the second period:

Vesey, just minutes later, swallowed a vicious elbow from Filip Forsberg:

Most remarkable of all, however, was the fact that neither play was deemed worthy of a penalty on the ice. Seriously. This can’t be understated. The game grew quite contentious, likely in direct response to this, and Ryan McDonagh could be seen visibly upset with both referees moments after the final horn blew to end the game.

Given neither returned to the contest, Staal and Vesey will presumably be joining their fellow teammates Chris Kreider, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Pavel Buchnevich on Injured Reserve, further diluting an already poorly performing Blueshirts roster with just 23 days to go before the NHL’s trading deadline.

Sellers or not, they’re officially a skeleton crew.

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