Girardi dealt with a concussion at the end of the season. Girardi played the first and last game of the quarterfinal playoff round against the Penguins. Andrew Gross of The Record reports that Girardi's symptoms had resurfaced during Game 1. It's not uncommon for teams to reveal more specifics about player injuries once it's time for locker cleanout, such as the case with Girardi, who's under contract with the Rangers through the 2019-20 season.
Girardi (undisclosed) took part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll return to the Rangers' lineup for Saturday's Game 5 against the Penguins, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. The Rangers will be happy to have Girardi back in the lineup Saturday, as they've been torched by the Penguins' offense through the first four games of the series, surrendering a total of 15 goals over that span. The 31-year-old was a solid defender for the Rangers this season, registering an impressive plus-18 rating over 74 games, but only notched 17 points over that span, limiting his value in daily formats. Girardi is expected to skate alongside Brady Skjei on New York's third pairing in Saturday's Game 5 against Pittsburgh.
Girardi (undisclosed) is doubtful to play in Game 5 against the Penguins on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The Blueshirts are wrinkled as they find themselves down 3-1 in the series with the possibility of elimination Saturday. Playing without Girardi seemingly would weaken the Rangers' chances to slow a potent Penguins attack, as the veteran blueliner is willing to throw his body in front of pucks. There's a chance that Raphael Diaz, who was called up from AHL Hartford last Monday, draws into the lineup to try to plug the hole on defense. If not, then look for Brady Skjei to get the call.
Girardi (undisclosed) will be sidelined for Thursday's matchup with the Penguins, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Girardi will miss his fifth outing of the team's last six. While his extended absence is certainly having an impact on the Rangers blue line, your fantasy lineup has likely been unscathed as the 31-year-old has failed to tally a point in his last 16 contests while adding a mere two PIM. Perhaps the only viable statistic the veteran has added over that span is 42 blocked shots, but unless that is the only thing you are looking for, it would be wise to seek other defensive options.
Girardi (undisclosed) won't suit up for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Penguins, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports. The exact nature of Girardi's injury remains a mystery, and the 31-year-old blueliner is still without a definitive timetable for his return to game action. His continued absence likely won't affect those participating in daily contests and playoff pools, as Girardi has failed to notch a single point in his last 16 games, and isn't a great option in either of those formats. The Rangers should provide an update on Girardi's status once the veteran defender is ready to return to New York's lineup.
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