Rangers defenseman Greg de Vries suffered a second degree MCL sprain in his right knee in last night's 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes and is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks. The injury occurred early in the second period following a collision with Carolina blueliner Bob Boughner.
de Vries will see his consecutive games played streak come to an end. Last night, de Vries skated in his 223rd consecutive NHL match, giving him the longest active streak on the team and sixth longest active streak in the NHL.
In 40 games this season, the 6-3, 215-pounder has tallied three goals and eight assists for 11 points, while ranking second on the club with a plus-17 rating. de Vries signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 14, 2003.
The native of Sundridge, Ontario has appeared in 540 career NHL matches with the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers, registering 33 goals and 77 assists for 110 points, along with 492 penalty minutes.