New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will miss three to four weeks of the National Hockey League season after breaking his thumb in a 2-0 win against the Washington Capitals two days ago.
Callahan scored against the Capitals, taking his season tally to three goals in five games. He has a team-best two power-play goals.
Callahan, 28, missed the preseason and the first game of the regular season after undergoing surgery in May to repair a torn labrum. The Rangers are playing without right wing Rick Nash, who is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion, and left wing Carl Hagelin, who is recovering from the same offseason surgery as Callahan and isn’t eligible to play until Oct. 29.
Callahan will miss tomorrow’s visit to the New Jersey Devils as well as road games against the Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders this month. The Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens in their home opener Oct. 28 and the Buffalo Sabres three days later.
In November, Callahan is likely to sit out games against the Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets. He may also have to miss matchups with the Florida Panthers and the Devils.