New York Hockey: Darroll Powe

Missing Powe, Rangers mulling Mashinter

February, 18, 2013
Darroll PoweBruce 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.

Powe on IR, Mashinter recalled

February, 18, 2013
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- After a frightening collision that left him visibly shaken in Sunday night's 2-1 win over the Capitals, Darroll Powe has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion.

Powe, who had to be helped off the ice early in the second period, is said to be feeling better, but the Rangers are treating the injury with the utmost caution.

As expected, 22-year-old winger Chris Kreider remains with the team in wake of Powe's injury. The Rangers have also recalled physical forward Brandon Mashinter from the AHL.

Powe injured, Kreider likely to stay

February, 17, 2013
Seeing a dazed Darroll Powe helped off the ice by teammates Arron Asham and Derek Stepan was a grim scene in the first period of the New York Rangers' 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday night.

Powe flipped over the Capitals' Matt Hendricks in an open-ice collision that hurtled him to the ice head-first and left the versatile fourth-liner shaken.

Powe was down for several minutes while receiving medical attention from the team trainer and, unsurprisingly, did not return to the game. Rangers coach John Tortorella did not have an update on Powe's condition after the game.

With Powe's status tenuous at best for Tuesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens, the Rangers will likely keep 22-year-old Chris Kreider up with the team. After being sent down to the AHL on Friday, Kreider was recalled one day later as a precaution in case a "banged up" Rick Nash was unable to play.

Now it seems Kreider will be sticking around a bit longer, although Tortorella said they will re-assess the situation on Monday.

Powe brings versatility to Rangers

February, 9, 2013
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When John Tortorella sizes up Darroll Powe, it's the forward's versatility that stands out.

"I think he's going to be very serviceable for us here," Tortorella said Friday in a video posted on the Rangers website. "I'm hoping we can use him in different spots. You can tell he's killed penalties, he's blocked shots, he's willing to bang. He's played and I think he won a couple of faceoffs last night (against the Islanders). I think I want to use him in a couple of different spots and I think we will be able to do that."

On Monday, the Rangers dealt Mike Rupp to Minnesota for Powe, who's played 18:48 over the past two games. While he had a rather nondescript opening game, he had two shots on goal in the 4-1 win over the Islanders on Thursday, and also got called for a penalty. He's never been a big scorer, topping out at 17 points in 2010-11, but has made a living being an effective part of the penalty kill.

Tortorella said having Powe gave him more confidence to play all four of his lines in the win over the Islanders, adding that he told Rupp recently that he was concerned about the speed of the game with him in there. The Rangers next play Sunday at home against the Lightning.

"I think the temp of the game was there with (Powe)," Tortorella told the media about Thursday's win against the Islanders. "He's able to handle that type of tempo."

Miller, Powe set to make Rangers debut

February, 5, 2013
Two new arrivals -- top prospect J.T. Miller and recently-acquired Darroll Powe -- are set to make their debut for the Rangers, and they'll be thrown right into the fire in the midst of a bitter rivalry game against the New Jersey Devils.

Miller, who was recalled Monday, will be playing his first NHL game Tuesday after spending this season with the AHL's Connecticut Whale. His parents, grandparents, brother and girlfriend will all be on hand to mark the momentous occasion.

"Just excited right now. I'm just kind of anxious. I just want to play," Miller said. "I've been looking forward to this since I was a little kid so, I'll just go out there and try to get in the game as soon as possible. I think that will help me the most."

The former first-round draft pick (15th overall, 2011) has eight goals and 12 assists in 37 games for the Whale this season and earned the nod after steadily improving his game down in the AHL. Miller also helped lead the U.S. team to a gold medal in the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships, an experience he feels will help prepare him for the biggest stage of all.

"That game was something we looked forward to for a long time, with all your buddies. I think that's a different thing, but obviously, the biggest stage is right now," Miller said. "I'm gonna prepare myself for the game and treat it, maybe, like the gold medal game with the excitement there."

The 19-year-old Miller, who is regarded as one of the most promising young talents within the organization, has five games to impress the coaching staff. Because of his age, he is subject to the five-game threshold that many junior players face while up with the big club. The Rangers must make a decision on whether to keep him after five games or send him back to the AHL to avoid burning the first level of his entry-level contract.

Powe has plenty of NHL games under his belt -- 294 over the last four-plus seasons -- but he'll be playing his first as a New York Rangers. The 27-year-old forward was acquired Monday in a trade that sent veteran Mike Rupp to Minnesota in exchange for Powe and forward Nick Palmieri.

"Initially, it was a little bit of a surprise, but when I heard I was coming to the Rangers, obviously it's a great organization and a great team and I'm excited to be here," he said.

Powe is expected to fill a key role on the team's penalty-killing unit; he led all Minnesota forwards in shorthanded minutes last season and finished second in the league with 91 blocked shots. With his ability to play both wing and center, Powe also provides some versatility to the Rangers lineup.

"Powe is a guy that can kill penalties, he's been in the league, does a lot of little things along the boards, and certainly adds to our depth in a lot of situations. I can move guys around," coach John Tortorella said. "So, we're happy to have him."

W2W4: Rangers at Devils

February, 5, 2013
At a glance: The Rangers and Devils meet for the first time since a thrilling Eastern Conference finals series in which New Jersey knocked off its Atlantic Division foe on rookie Adam Henrique's overtime goal to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. In the first of four meetings this season, the two teams will square off with the rivalry kicked up a notch after last spring’s hostilities.

You again: The Rangers get their first shot at revenge back in the building where their 2012 playoff run came to a screeching halt. Winners in four of their last six games, the Rangers are still trying to make up ground against their cross-Hudson rivals. Despite dropping four of their last five games, the Devils are second in the division with a 4-1-3 Atlantic record and 11 points.

Matteau, Matteau, Matteau: It does not appear that 2012 first-round draft pick Stefan Matteau, son of famous Rangers alum Stephane Matteau, will face his dad’s former team on Tuesday. The 18-year-old winger has hit the five-game threshold with the Devils, although he has not played since. GM Lou Lamoriello has yet to make a decision on whether to keep him around or send him back to his junior club.

Miller time: The Rangers recalled J.T. Miller from the AHL’s Connecticut Whale on Monday. The 19-year-old forward, regarded as one of the organization’s top prospects, is set to make his NHL debut against the Devils. Miller, who recently played for Team USA in this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship, has eight goals and 12 assists in 37 games for the Whale. Fellow Whale forward Brandon Mashinter was also called up Monday.

New guy in town: Darroll Powe will likely make his Rangers debut, just one day after being traded to New York from Minnesota. The Rangers sent veteran Mike Rupp to Minnesota in exchange for both Powe and depth forward Nick Palmieri (a former New Jersey Devils prospect). Powe, 27, will add a needed boost to the Rangers on their PK. The former Princeton University standout led all Wild forwards last season in short-handed minutes and finished third in the league with 91 blocked shots.

Surprise addition: Could rookie Chris Kreider make his return to the lineup Tuesday? The 21-year-old winger, who had a stunning playoff debut last spring, has missed the last five games with an injured ankle but was not one of the scratches who stayed out on the ice late for the team's morning skate. Coach John Tortorella did not rule him out.