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Lineup notes: Stepan unlikely, Miller to center, Glass dressing

Per Brett Cyrgalis, Derek Stepan was not on the ice for practice and is not expected to play tomorrow in Boston. Tanner Glass, a healthy scratch for the last six games, was skating on the fourth line, which was one of three new lines: Rick Nash-Derrick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello Chris Kreider-J.T. Miller-Martin St. Louis Carl Hagelin-Dominic Moore-Lee Stempniak Tanner Glass-Kevin Hayes-Jesper…

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How Stepan fares over the next four games could be telling
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Derek Stepan will not return

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan will not return to the game tonight at MSG. Stepan took a nasty slash from Matt Martin in the first period, toughed it out for a bit, but did not play for the second half of the game. The Rangers will probably lose this game tonight (losing 3-0 at the moment), but losing Stepan…

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Stempniak isolated for team, tested for mumps

Per the Rangers Twitter, winger Lee Stempniak is being isolated from the team and being tested for the mumps. Stempniak would be the third Rangers player to contract the mumps, following Tanner Glass and Derick Brassard. Glass has been healthy for a few weeks, and Brassard was cleared to practice with the team tomorrow. Also, Joey Crabb in Hartford is…

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Brassard has the mumps, sent home from club

So I missed this today, but Derick Brassard has been sent home from the road trip and will not partake in team activities after being diagnosed with the mumps. Tanner Glass replaced him in the lineup tonight.

Kreider returns to practice

Chris Kreider, who missed Monday’s win over Pittsburgh with neck spasms, was back at practice today, per the team Twitter. Kreider developed the spasms after colliding with Carl Hagelin at practice on Sunday. The team worked on the powerplay, with some new units: PP1: Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis, Derick Brassard, Derek Stepan, Dan Boyle PP2: J.T. Miller, Lee Stempniak,…

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AV: Kreider doubtful for tonight

Per Sean Hartnett, winger Chris Kreider is doubtful for tonight with neck spasms after colliding with Carl Hagelin at practice yesterday. With Kreider likely out, J.T. Miller will stay in the lineup for at least one more game. Meanwhile, AV also confirmed that Tanner Glass and John Moore will return to the lineup tonight. Glass is replacing the injured Kreider,…

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Tanner Glass has the mumps, isolated from team contact

Per Rick Carpiniello, winger Tanner Glass has the mumps, and has been isolated from any team contact. Glass is not the first NHL player to be diagnosed with the mumps this season, as Anaheim’s Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin also contracted the disease. Glass will be out indefinitely. We wish him a speedy recovery.

McDonagh practicing without non-contact jersey

Very promising news out of Tampa Bay. Captain Ryan McDonagh, out with a separated shoulder, is on the ice and practicing with the club, and he is without the yellow non-contact jersey. McDonagh has been out since November 2, and while a return tomorrow is probably unlikely, the fact that he is skating with the club means he is coming…

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Quick prospect note: Skjei week-to-week

Just a quick note: 2012 1st round pick Brady Skjei, currently on the top defense pairing at Minnesota, is week-to-week following a lower body injury. Skjei had put up 1-2-3 in 6 games with the top-ranked Golden Gophers prior to the injury. Skeji is likely to turn pro following this season with Minnesota.

Dreger: Boyle could return tomorrow

Per Darren Dreger, Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle, out since the opener with a broken hand, could return as soon as tomorrow. The Rangers could really use Boyle, who was signed to add some much-needed blue line scoring at even strength and on the powerplay. Mike Kostka has been the fill-in for Boyle, to mediocre results (0-1-1 in 7 GP with…

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