The Underdog of the Week this week comes to us from the New York Rangers. After his surgery in late May due to a torn labrum in his left shoulder, Carl Hagelin longed for his return to the NHL ice. His recovery time was expected four to five months, and on October 29, he was set to start with the team for his first time back since the playoffs last season. Carl Hagelin is our Underdog of the Week.
Hagelin took the ice Tuesday night to face the rival New York Islanders. They took a 3-2 victory over the Islanders, and Hagelin recorded an assist on the game-winning goal, scored by Benoit Pouliot. His first game back and he had recorded a point. They then challenged the Buffalo Sabres on Halloween night. They went on to shut out the Sabres by a score of 2-0. Hagelin didn’t record a point. He had 18:08 time on ice, recording 2 shots and no goals.
Hagelin’s biggest game was when they hosted the Carolina Hurricanes and dominated them. It was a big 5-1 victory, with Carl Hagelin recording two of the five goals. He was a big helper for the win, since his goal was the game winner. Another contributing factor was Derek Stepan’s hat trick. This was the Rangers’ third straight win since they were shut out against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.
Hagelin has recorded 3 points (2G, 1A) in his first 3 games back to the ice. His +3 rating is a good sign that he is all about getting the points scored and doing everything in his power to stop the opponent from getting to his net. The Rangers have lucked out by getting Hagelin back into the lineup. He has been playing fairly decent and looks to be on the right track and fitting in back with the team. He is this week’s Underdog of the Week.