You're not supposed to whine about injuries. So says basically everyone. And the Rangers, largely, aren't - and they're somehow 6-5-1 to date in the new year. Not an "elite contender" record, but still technically a winning record, and very much impressive all things considered.
So here. We're moving offices at work, so things are busy, so I don't have a ton of time. I'll resort to doing what you're not supposed to do.
Let's ignore Dan Girardi, because he is a defenseman, and our corps of defensemen, outside of him, is healthy (yes, I know he's 1/6 of it, but still). I will now list starting forwards that are out of the lineup due to injury right now. This does not count Drury's and Gaborik's early-in-the-year injuries, mind you - it is simply the starting forwards who are missing hockey games right now.
Let's all bear in mind that there are twelve (12) forwards in a lineup.
Derek Boogaard, Ryan Callahan, Erik Christensen, Brandon Dubinsky, Ruslan Fedotenko, Alexander Frolov, Vinny Prospal, Brandon Prust
All 8 should have been starters for us. 7 were on opening night, and Prospal's been injured this whole time. 5 forwards in the lineup on opening night are still healthy and skating with us right now: Gaborik, Avery, Anisimov, Stepan, and Boyle. Throw in Chris Drury and the acquired-not-a-moment-too-soon Wojtek Wolski, and you've got half a team.
So, let's hear it for Mats Zuccarello, Dale Weise, Brodie Dupont, Chad Kolarik, Evgeny Grachev, and Kris Newbury. Hopefully, they can keep on helping is limp through: 2 more games, tonight and tomorrow night, and then we get the All-Star Break to heal up for a bit. That is all.