New York Rangers forward Kaapo Kakko left Saturday afternoon's matchup with the Detroit Red Wings and did not return because of a lower-body injury.
#NYR say Kaapo Kakko sustained a lower-body injury and will not return— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) April 16, 2022
In the first period, the 21-year-old got tangled up with Detroit's Tyler Bertuzzi in the corner and fell back awkwardly on his right leg.
He went to the dressing room and did not return to the bench for the second period. He was ruled out for the afternoon shortly after as the Rangers went on to win 4-0.
Saturday marked his fourth game back after missing 31 games earlier this season with an upper-body injury. Kakko has seven goals and nine assists in 40 games so far this season, his third in the Big Apple after being selected No. 2 overall in 2019.
New York entered play Saturday second in the Metropolitan Division at 48-21-6 for 102 points and having already locked up a playoff spot.