Zuccarello Out With Injured Hand

Zuccarello celebrates with his Norway teammates (getty)

Zuccarello celebrates with his Norway teammates (getty)

The New York Rangers leading scorer is out for Norway’s huge elimination game versus Russia. Mats Zuccarello injured his hand blocking a shot ┬áin Norway’s last game against Austria. Yes, Alain Vigneault must be thrilled about that.

ASSESSING THE DAMAGE

The reports thus far are that his hand is swollen and bruised. Apparently, there is no break or fracture but he can’t grip a stick. If you want to look at a bright side, the NYR do not play for another 9 days. This should give the Zucc ample time to heal and be ready to play.

It’s possible the Rangers have dodged a bullet here, but it once again raises the question of NHL participation at the Olympics. A topic my partner and I will tackle on the next Fulltilt Rangers Radio, Wednesday night at 9PM EST.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at YardBarker, and MSN. Features have been linked on Sportsnet, NBC, TFP, NY POST, NEWSDAY and more.