Darroll Powe’s misfortune could become Brandon Mashinter’s opportunity.
The Blueshirts yesterday recalled the 24-year-old, 6-foot-4, 230-pound winger from the AHL Whale after putting Powe on injured reserve with the concussion he sustained when his head banged against the ice following a collision with Washington’s Matt Hendricks early in the third period of Sunday’s 2-1 Rangers’ victory over the Caps at the Garden.
Chris Kreider, recalled on a standby basis Saturday after playing the previous night for the Whale and who was scratched on Sunday, remains on the Rangers’ roster, so it is unknown whether he or Mashinter will get the call tonight when the Rangers meet the Canadiens on Broadway.
If coach John Tortorella is looking for brawn, then his man would likely be Mashinter, acquired from the Sharks in exchange for Tommy Grant and a conditional 2014 draft pick on Jan. 16. If Tortorella believes the Rangers require additional speed and skill, then Kreider would be the selection.
“There’s a lot that goes into it,” Tortorella said following yesterday’s practice, during which Mashinter and Kreider both participated. “It’s a process [with Mashinter]. I wanted to get a look at him.
“I’m not sure of what the lineup will be.”
Rangers' Powe out, Mashinter gets call
New York Post | Feb 19