NEW YORK, N.Y. - The suddenly injury-plagued New York Rangers will be without veteran forward Martin St. Louis for 10 to 14 days due to a right knee ailment.
St. Louis was injured late in New York's 2-1 home victory over Florida on Sunday night when he fell while tangled up with Panthers defenceman Dmitry Kulikov during a puck battle. Kulikov's left shoulder landed on St. Louis' knee with 4:32 left.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault didn't express too much concern about the injury following the game. But general manager Glen Sather said in a statement Monday the 39-year-old forward will be out up to two weeks with what the club called a lower-body injury.
St. Louis, an alternate captain who has played in all 68 games this season, is second on the team with 20 goals and third with 47 points.
New York was off Monday and will resume play Wednesday at home against Chicago. Tanner Glass is likely to rejoin the lineup in St. Louis' place. The Rangers have two call-ups left from Hartford of the AHL, but aren't expected to use one now unless Glass is unable to play.
Glass missed Sunday night's game because of upper-body soreness.
St. Louis is the third major player recently lost to the Rangers, who began Monday tied for the NHL lead with 95 points.
New York has thrived behind backup goalie Cam Talbot, who is subbing for No. 1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers have gone 15-2-3 since Lundqvist left the lineup due to a vascular injury in his neck. There is no immediate timetable for his return.
The Rangers are also without defenceman Kevin Klein, who has missed two games and is expected to be out for three to four weeks because of an upper-body injury.
New York has 14 regular-season games remaining, the last on April 11 at Washington. If the estimation on St. Louis is correct, he should return for the final seven games before the playoffs.
St. Louis reached the 20-goal mark on Saturday in a win at Buffalo, the 11th straight time he has hit the milestone in a full NHL season. New York is 18-0-1 in the past 19 games in which he has earned a point.