NEW YORK - OCTOBER 01: Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers keeps the puck away from Ryan Shannon #26 of the Ottawa Senators during their preseason game on October 1 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Ryan Callahan Injury Leaves Rangers Without Top Forward

The Rangers have lost Ryan Callahan for likely the rest of the regular season, and potentially even longer, thanks to a broken ankle.

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Rangers Lose Ryan Callahan 'Indefinitely' To Ankle Injury

It's a big loss for the New York Rangers, less than 24 hours after a huge win over the Boston Bruins.

Forward Ryan Callahan will likely miss the rest of the regular season with a broken ankle he suffered in the third period of that win when he blocked a shot from massive Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. John Tortotella called the injury "long-term" and the Rangers have Callahan listed as out indefinitely. 

Via SB Nation's Blueshirt Banter, what does this mean for the Rangers' playoff chase?

The injury is a huge blow to the Rangers, as Cally has been one of, if not the most important players all year. He is clearly their on ice leader, and is their second leading scorer (23 goals, 48 points).

Kris Newbury, who was recalled yesterday as a precaution and sent back down before the game, was re-called immediately following the game. He will play until Chris Drury returns, which may be sooner rather than later. If I had to guess, Marian Gaborik will slide up to replace Cally on the Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov line, and Drury/Newbury will slide in to the fourth line RW role, with Drury taking critical face offs.

It looks as though Drury will be back for them, so that's a good sign. Otherwise, Callahan is a huge piece of the team. He plays in all situations and is especially vital in the penalty kill and in the defensive end. At the same time, he's their leading scorer on the power play and he's second on the team in goals. 

They might be able to hold out for the rest of the regular season without Callahan, but will they still be alive when he's ready to return? 

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