Rangers give promising injury update on Tyler Motte, not-so-great update on Barclay Goodrow

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Tyler Motte with Rangers blue jersey 2022
Tyler Motte with Rangers blue jersey 2022

Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant provided injury updates on Tyler Motte, Barclay Goodrow, and Ryan Lindgren as the team prepares for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

MOTTE

Motte, who last played on April 7 against the Penguins, started skating this week. Gallant said he's not sure if Motte will join the team in Pittsburgh, where they'll play Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 on Monday.

Motte suffered a "significant" upper-body injury (that was not to his head) during that April 7 game against the Penguins.

His injury happened when he was in a vulnerable position bent down and took a hit up high from Anthony Angello. The hit on Motte was one of the reasons why tempers flared for the remainder of the game, with multiple fights breaking out.

If Motte is able to return at some point during the series against Pittsburgh, it will provide the Rangers a jolt, especially since the news on Goodrow was not good.

GOODROW

According to Gallant, Goodrow will "probably not" return at any point during the Penguins series.

Goodrow, who did not play during Game 2, is week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

LINDGREN

Lindgren, who missed Game 2 after exiting Game 1 in regulation before returning to play (but leaving for good during the second overtime), did not practice on Friday.

He will be a game-time decision for Game 3 after also being a game-time decision for Game 2.