The Rangers stretched their streak (1-0-2) with Monday’s 3-1 win over Florida.
The win was costly however, as Eric Lindros left the game during the second intermission with a sprained left shoulder, and is expected to be sidelined for two-to-four weeks.
To help fill the void left by the injury, the Rangers signed free agent Pascal Rheaume. The 30-year-old center is in his eighth NHL season, and has appeared in 263 career games with New Jersey, St. Louis, Chicago and Atlanta.
“Things were starting to come along and you have a little bit of a hitch in the program,” Lindros said, hoping his injury doesn’t derail the good karma the Rangers have going. “There’s not much you can do about it. There’s great therapy here and I’m sure I’ll be back as quick as possible.”
In Lindros’ first season in New York, he missed 10 games—four because of a right knee sprain, two due to a bruised foot and four following the seventh concussion of his career. However, he suited up for a career-high 81 games last season.
New York, which is the only team in the NHL without a power-play goal, has been outscored 35-10 in losing its last seven meetings with Detroit.
Detroit is coming off a 4-0 win over Dallas on Friday night.
“When I played last year, I didn’t feel as comfortable as I have on the ice the last couple of weeks,” Yzerman said.
The 38-year-old center, limited to only 16 games last season because of knee surgery, already has four goals this season.