Just like that, Boo Nieves will disappear again. The Rangers rookie was present for the team’s optional practice Saturday afternoon, but coach Alain Vigneault has ruled him out for Sunday’s game against the Canucks at the Garden because of a hip pointer he suffered in Friday night’s win over the Red Wings. “It’s sore today,” Nieves said after coming off the ice Saturday. “It’s a tough injury. It’s definitely something you want to push through, but sometimes you have limitations. We’re going to take it day-by-day.” Nieves said the injury occurred on one of his first shifts of the night when he was hit by Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. He tried to play through it in the second period but was eventually declared out for the rest of the game. Though Nieves was able to skate Saturday, he will be replaced by veteran center David Desharnais for at least Sunday’s game. “I haven’t talked to our medical staff yet, but obviously he came in this morning feeling better than he was yesterday,” Vigneault said. “I’m not sure of the percentages, but at least it’s what we thought [Friday]. It’s just a day-to-day thing.” Nieves said he could try to push through it Sunday, but admitted there are some limitations to his skating, so the Rangers are opting to give him rest. He said he had a similar injury during his college career at Michigan, but not to this extent.
Rangers rookie’s aggravating season hits another snag
New York Post | Nov 27