Rangers' Brassard day-to-day after leaving Game 1 with undisclosed injury

May 17, 6:35 PM

New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault is unsure whether Derick Brassard will be available on Monday for Game 2 after the forward left Saturday's contest with an undisclosed injury.

Vigneault even refused to confirm what section of the body Brassard injured when he was hit by Mike Weaver.

Brassard's injury meant an increase in faceoff duty for depth forward Brian Boyle, who finished the game an impressive 9-for-11 at the faceoff dot. The Rangers might need more of the same from Boyle if Brassard is unable to play on Monday.

May 25, 6:21 PM

From Derek to Derick: Rangers looking to Brassard to offset loss of Stepan

May 25, 6:21 PM

Much has been made of Michel Therrien's assertion that the Montreal Canadiens know the exact nature of the injury that forced Derick Brassard to miss the past two games. 

The important part for the Rangers, however, is that the forward is coming back at a time when he's needed the most.

New York head coach said Brassard's status for Game 4 is "looking good if [he] was a betting man," and the 26-year-old is set to be reunited with regular linemates Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot as the Rangers look for additional offense in the wake of Derek Stepan's broken jaw

This trio found achieved a modicum of success during a second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, combining for six goals and 13 points in the seven-game series.

Vigneault hopes to see that pattern continue Sunday: "They have had some big moments in big games," he told NHL.com. "[Sunday], without a doubt, is a huge game. Both teams know the importance of it. I'm sure we're going to have a great hockey game."

In 15 playoff games prior to the injury, Brassard recorded four goals, three assists and 27 shots on goal.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/John Geliebter

May 25, 12:40 PM

Rangers' Vigneault on Therrien's knowledge of Brassard injury: 'Michel could be in trouble'

May 25, 12:40 PM

Should oft-injured forward Derick Brassard incur another setback in his attempt to remain in the Rangers lineup, Michel Therrien's rather head-scratching display of post-practice gloating may just come back to bite him.  

After Therrien announced that his team knows "exactly where [Brassard] is injured," his coaching counterpart, Alain Vigneault, provided this caution. 

"Let's put it this way," Vigneault told Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette. "I hope nothing happens to [Brassard], the player, and Michel could be in trouble" 

When asked about Brassard's injury, Therrien maintained that his team would not try to hurt anyone, but would finish their checks on the banged-up centerman. 

Brassard is set to rejoin the Blueshirts' lineup in Game 4 after missing the previous two games. He was injured on a hit from Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver.

May 24, 4:46 PM

Michel Therrien on Rangers' Brassard's return in Game 4: 'we know exactly where he's injured'

May 24, 4:46 PM

The war of words continues in the Eastern Conference final between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers.

After it was revealed that forward Derrick Brassard is expected to play Game 4, Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien noted his team is aware of the injury that kept the Rangers forward out since the series opener.

"We expect Derick Brassard to play," he said, "and we know exactly where he's injured. Hockey is a small world."

As noted by Arpon Basu of NHL.com, Therrien made a similar comment about Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat in the first round.

Brassard was the recipient of a hard hit from Montreal's Mike Weaver in Game 1, and missed the past two games with an "upper-body injury."

May 24, 12:22 PM

Rangers' Brassard says he will play in Game 4

May 24, 12:22 PM

Based on Derick Brassard's post-practice boasting, it appears as though the Rangers will be receiving some reinforcements ahead of Game 4. 

Not so fast.

Head coach Alain Vigneault addressed reporters after practice, and provided a conflicting (and not very funny) message regarding Brassard's availability. 

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/John Geliebter

May 24, 11:43 AM

Rangers' Brassard continues to practice, status for Game 4 uncertain

May 24, 11:43 AM

New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard's omission from Thursday's Game 3 lineup is proof that nothing is concrete at morning skates. 

But, for what it's worth, the oft-injured centerman continued to skate on a normal line at practice Saturday, according to the team's official Twitter page

Brassard, who sat Games 2 and 3, appeared to aggravate a suspected upper-body injury after taking a hit from Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver in Game 1. 

May 22, 1:05 PM

Rangers' Brassard not expected to suit up for Game 3 vs. Canadiens

May 22, 1:05 PM

Although New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard is still being listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Rangers bench-boss Alain Vigneault busted out his native tongue to give a more definitive answer on Brassard's status for Game 3. 

"I would say right now I think no," Vigneault told french reporters when asked if Brassard would be in the lineup Thursday (via NHL.com).

The 26-year-old former first round pick hasn't played since Game 1, when he appeared to re-aggravate a suspected back injury as the result of a hit by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver.

Brassard has been a key cog in the Rangers offense during their current postseason run, scoring four goals (including two game-winners) and adding three assists for seven points in 15 games.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Brace Hemmelgarn

May 21, 12:42 PM

Rangers' Brassard takes usual spot in line-rushes, probable to return for Game 3

May 21, 12:42 PM

New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard has been playing through a suspected lower-back injury for much of the postseason. 

It appeared as if that injury was aggravated in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final when Brassard was hit hard by Montreal Canadiens defender Mike Weaver in the first period - Brassard left the game just a shift later, didn't return, and was out of the lineup for Game 2.

Brassard practiced with the Rangers on Wednesday, and unlike at the team's game day skate ahead of Game 2, was in his usual spot centering Mats Zuccarello on the third-line during line rushes. His other regular line-mate Benoit Pouliot, however, was absent from the practice, as J.T. Miller rode shotgun with Zuccarello and Brassard in his stead.

May 19, 5:52 PM

Rangers' Brassard will not play in Game 2, Dan Carcillo to draw in

May 19, 5:52 PM

The New York Rangers will be without forward Derick Brassard after leaving Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final after taking a hit.

After finding success in Game 1, Dominic Moore is expected to fill Brassard's role, while Dan Carcillo will draw in to the Rangers' lineup according to ESPN's Katie Strang.   

May 19, 11:55 AM

Rangers' Brassard takes game-day skate but remains doubtful for Game 2 vs. Canadiens

May 19, 11:55 AM

New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final in the first period after taking a heavy open-ice hit from Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver. Brassard is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, although its generally believed that he's dealing with a lower back ailment. 

The skilled Rangers forward was on the ice at the Canadiens' training facility in Brossard, Quebec on Monday for New Yorks' game-day skate. He didn't participate in line-rushes, however, which would suggest that Brassard's is doubtful for Game 2.

Dominic Moore is expected to start Game 2 in Brassard's regular third-line spot, while Dan Carcillo will replace Brassard in the lineup and is likely to start the game on the Rangers' fourth-line.

May 17, 1:36 PM

Rangers' Brassard leaves game after hit by Canadiens' Weaver

May 17, 1:36 PM

New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard, who scored key goals for the Rangers in Games 6 and 7 of their second-round victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final early in the first period after being tagged by a big, clean open-ice hit from Canadiens defender Mike Weaver.

Here's the hit in question:

[By: @myregularface, courtesy: NBCSN]

Brassard took one more shift after this hit, spanning under 40 seconds, and was observed getting a massage on the bench before heading down the tunnel to the Rangers dressing room.

Brassard was reportedly dealing with a lower back injury in mid-April, which might serve to explain the massage.