It was not immediately clear exactly what forced Ryane Clowe from Thursday's game, but the 30-year-old winger's injury was serious enough that he had to be helped off the ice by two teammates in the second period of the Rangers' 4-3 playoff-clinching overtime win against the Hurricanes.
The Rangers did not specify whether the injury was an upper- or lower-body injury, nor did they give any indication of the severity.
But, almost immediately after the game, the team recalled Kris Newbury from Connecticut of the American Hockey League.
Should Clowe be lost for any significant amount of time, it would be a huge blow for the Rangers. The gritty winger's addition at the trade deadline has been a valuable one as Clowe provides size and grind to the Rangers' lineup.
It is possible, however, that the Rangers could have Derek Dorsett available soon. Dorsett, who racked up 53 penalty minutes in 24 games for the Blue Jackets this season before suffering a broken collarbone, is nearing a return to the lineup.
Though the Rangers clinched their third straight post-season appearance and the top eight teams in the playoff bracket have been determined, clubs will head into the final weekend vying for seeding as the final standings shake out. The Rangers can finish as high as sixth and as low as eighth.