Artemi Panarin Sustains Mild Groin Strain In Preseason Game, Should Be Fine

Rangers' Prized Free Agent Scored In Team's Loss

Alec Gearty
September 19, 2019 - 9:22 am

Rangers forward Artemi Panarin left Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Devils with a mild groin strain.

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Panarin's second-period departure surely isn't a sight that Rangers' fans hoped to see from the prized free agent in his first game at Madison Square Garden after signing a massive seven-year, $81.5 million deal during the offseason. Rangers' head coach David Quinn provided an optimistic update for Panarin, saying it was a "precautionary" decision to remove the All Star from the game.  

"Just a mild groin strain," Quinn told reporters. "More precautionary than anything. He should be fine."

Panarin tallied nearly 13 minutes of ice time in the Rangers' 4-3 loss. He was able to get off to a roaring start with New York before the injury forced him out the rest of the game. The 27-year-old scored his first unofficial goal as a Ranger, opening the team's scoring. 

He fired off a shot on the Rangers' man-advantage past Devils' goaltender Cory Schneider. Panarin's goal also marked rookie sensation Kaapo Kakko's first point since being drafted second overall at the 2019 NHL Draft.

Quinn didn't reveal if Panarin would miss any of the Rangers' upcoming games with the injury. New York must go through five more preseason games before opening up its regular season against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 3.