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Ryan Lindgren returns for the Rangers after being sidelined by a blindside hit

Ryan Lindgren returns for the Rangers after being sidelined by a blindside hit

Ryan Lindgren is close to returning to the lineup for Thursday’s game in Detroit after being sidelined with an upper-body issue the last two games.

Lindgren, whose value becomes even more recognizable when he is missing from the club’s top four, said he was injured as a direct result. of the blind retaliatory impact took from David Pastrnak early in the first period on Nov. 3.

The open-ice hit that resulted in an interference penalty came seconds after Lindgren had tied the Boston winger with a thunderous shot into the boards. The defenseman went two more turns before leaving the contest midway through the first.

“I didn’t see it coming,” said Lindgren, who had released the puck to his right before Pastrnak came at him from his left. “I probably should have known it was coming for me.

“I have it very well.”

Ryan Lindgren hits Patrice Bergeron during a game between the Rangers and the Bruins on Nov. 3, 2022.
Ryan Lindgren hits Patrice Bergeron during a game between the Rangers and the Bruins on Nov. 3, 2022.
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Lindgren, who said he felt “really good on the ice” at Wednesday’s practice at the practice facility, will take his spot to Adam Fox’s left. With the K’Andre Miller-Jacob Trouba pairing intact, head coach Gerard Gallant will choose between Libor Hajek and Zac Jones as Braden Schneider’s third pairing.

“It’s tough being out. You never want to sit out. You want to be out there with the guys,” said Lindgren, who didn’t miss a regular-season game due to injury last season. “Difficult last few games.”

The Blueshirts, who lost 2-0 to the Red Wings on Sunday to lose 3-2 in overtime and 3-1 to the Islanders on Tuesday to lose 4-3 in regulation, have dropped three straight (0-2 ). -1) heading into this two-game road trip that concludes with a game in Nashville on Saturday.



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