Rangers call up Adam Edstrom as Jacob Trouba deals with upper-body injury

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The New York Rangers are in a holding pattern as they await word on their captain, Jacob Trouba. Big number 8 is still under evaluation for an upper-body injury that occurred during the opening minutes of the second period in the team’s 5-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

“We’ll find out more tomorrow,” was how head coach Peter Laviolette left things off in his postgame presser.

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Jacob Trouba dealing with upper-body injury

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The incident took place while Trouba was killing a penalty and looked to intercept Rangers’ nemesis Tom Wilson cutting to the net. On the play, it looks like Wilson catches him high with a shoulder/elbow hit to the jaw.

New York’s captain left the game and didn’t return. However, his defense partner K’Andre Miller led the charge with 2 goals and 1 assist in the game. Just as impressive was youngster Braden Schneider, who was elevated to top 4 minutes with Miller and adding a goal of his own.

Trouba, 29, has scored 2 goals and 13 points in 33 matches this season. If he is out for any length of time, Zac Jones will step in. The 23 year-old has 3 assists on the season in 13 games.

Meanwhile, with the team heading to Florida for a back-to-back set starting on Friday against the Panthers and concluding on Saturday versus the Lightning, they’ve recalled Adam Edstrom.

The hulking 6’7″ and 234 pound forward made his NHL debut in a 5-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on December 15th. In just 9:30 of action, he scored a goal on 3 shots, registered 2 hits, 1 takeaway, and finished a +1. Should he play in either contest this weekend, it will be his second career game.

“He played a really good game,” said Laviolette afterwards. “It was nice to see him come in there under those circumstance and play a big game… He had a real good showing and should be proud of himself.”

The Rangers will hold a practice today at 12:00 p.m. ET. An update on the roster is expected soon after it ends.

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