Update: Rangers’ Kaapo Kakko takes awkward spill in first period, out for the game

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Oct 12, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) skates up ice during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers forward Kaapo Kakko took an awkward fall during the first period against the Detroit Red Wings.

Kakko was skating along the left wall while tied up with Tyler Bertuzzi when he fell. His right leg went underneath him as he went into the boards. The 21 year-old went right to the locker room, although medical trainer Jim Ramsey stayed behind.

When the second period began, Kakko did not return. No word from the New York Rangers at the midway point of the game.

Update: The New York Rangers have announced that Kakko is out for the game with a lower-body injury

Kaapo Kakko injury plagued season

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Jan 13, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) during the first period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

This season, Kakko has had two stints on the injured list.

The first time was October 18 through 25, where he missed four games with an upper-body injury. His second time around was much longer, lasting 31 games from January 22 to April 7.

During his latest injury, which was also an upper-body issue, it was believed he would be back before the March 21 Trade Deadline but it never came to be.

“I was hoping to come back as fast as I can but it didn’t happen and I just listened to the doctors,” Kakko explained via the team’s YouTube channel.

The Rangers first pick (second overall) of the 2019 draft has really had a hard time getting things going this season due to injuries.

Kakko has only been able to play in 40 games and has just 7 goals and 16 points for a .40 points per game average, which is only slightly better than last season’s .34 average.

For his career, Kakko has 26 goals and 56 points in 154 games.

Check back with us for updates on the situation.