Vitaly Krautsov suffered a lower body injury during the first period of a 7-1 sting by the Devils in a pre-season game at the Presentation Center on Friday night, but it is not considered serious.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. The 21-year-old logged in just 5:14 in the snow.
“It bothered him so much he couldn’t play,” said head coach Gerard Gallant. “I don’t think it’s long-term.”
Krautsov, who played 20 games for the Rangers last season, will be reviewed further on Saturday.
The Russian winger started the night on the right side of the top line with Mika Zebanijad and Chris Krader. It was an opportunity for Krautsov to further establish himself as a top six candidate. Following Krautsov’s dismissal, Gallant swept the rest of the left-wingers into the front row.
Igor Shesterkin allowed four goals on 20 shots at 31:21. The Devils’ defensive man PK’s long shot opened the scoring at 4:29 in the first period, scoring two Rangers skaters and Schusterkin in the past.
In the power play, Rangers were 5 for 1, Zebanijad recorded his lone goal from the top of the left circle at 16:41 of the first period with a timer. The Blue Shirts failed to take advantage of an extended powerplay in the middle frame, which included a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:27.
“It’s difficult when you have different units, it’s not the regular units you play with during the season,” Zabanizad said. “But of course some of the things that play out in the power play don’t matter, they can get away from the game and the power games that push the puck a little bit further. Helping each other That’s a big part of it. “
Gallant plans to continue experimenting with his lines on Saturday before deploying a lineup of what he expects from fans for the opening night in Washington on October 13.
“We’re still experimenting with the lineup, people are playing in different positions,” he said Friday morning. “A little bit of experimentation is still going on. I think [Saturday] It will be the same thing and then the last two games will look like our team, for sure.
Defender Anthony Betito, who cleared the waiver and was assigned to AHL Hartford on Friday, was the only player to play in the first two seasons of the game, but Gallant said there could be more to the back two. Play in back matches.
“Not too much, but there will definitely be some,” he said.
The Rangers also assigned Wolf Pack on Friday to Anthony Greco, Johnny Brodsky, Tie Running, Tim Gattinger and Keith Kincaid, giving the training camp roster 34 players – 30 skaters and four goal tenders.
After Saturday’s pre-season game against the Bruins, the team will practice for two days at Rhode Island.