Missing Powe, Rangers mulling Mashinter
February, 18, 2013
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesArron Asham and Derek Stepan help Darroll Powe (8) off the ice Sunday.GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- It didn't take long for Rangers coach John Tortorella to miss versatile fourth-liner Darroll Powe.
Powe was helped off the ice after a frightening collision with Washington's Matt Hendricks early in the second period of Sunday's 2-1 win against the Caps.
"I missed him right away on the bench, especially protecting a lead," Tortorella said.
That's a challenge Tortorella will have to endure for the near future, after the Rangers put Powe on injured reserve with a concussion on Monday.
"I don't know how long he's going to be out," Tortorella said. "He doesn't have the stats, but it's not always about the stats. He's done a lot of good things in his role."
Powe was said to be feeling better a day after the collision -- he appeared to be unconscious after the hit and was down on the ice for several minutes looking dazed -- although the team is handling the injury with caution.
Down one of their best penalty killers, the Rangers recalled physical forward Brandon Mashinter from the team's AHL club, the Connecticut Whale. It is not yet clear whether Mashinter will make his debut or Chris Kreider will play in place of Powe in Tuesday's game against Montreal.
"I've been interested to look at Mashinter. He's an interesting one to me, but I'm not sure," Tortorella said. "I'm not sure what the lineup's going to be. A number of things come into play."
Both youngsters practiced with the team Monday and Tortorella said the club has yet to make any lineup decisions for Tuesday.
Mashinter, 24, has five goals and six assists in 14 games this season for the Whale. He previously played 13 NHL games for the San Jose Sharks in 2010-11.