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A bunch of injury news was released yesterday before the win against Arizona. This is a little delayed, but still noteworthy.

  • Chris Kreider missed yesterday with neck spasms. Oscar Lindberg made his return, taking him off the IR.
  • Pavel Buchnevich was moved to the IR with back spasms. Since he was placed on IR when Lindberg came off, the Rangers don’t need to make any additional roster moves.
  • Dan Girardi returned yesterday, meaning the Rangers now have a healthy blue line.
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Update: Lines for tonight are Chris Kreider-Mika ZIbanejad-Rick Nash; Jimmy Vesey-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello; Jesper Fast-Kevin Hayes-J.T.MIller; Michael Grabner-Josh Jooris-Brandon Pirri. Defense pairs are Ryan McDonagh-Nick Holden; Marc Staal-Adam Clendening; Brady Skjei-Dylan McIlrath.

Original Post: Per Steve Zipay, both Dan Girardi (hip) and Pavel Buchnevich (back) are out tonight against San Jose. Girardi was expected to be out, but the Buchnevich news is new for today.

Josh Jooris will likely dress tonight in Buchnevich’s place. My guess is that Pirri gets Buchnevich’s spot with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad, while Jooris slides in to the 4C role.

If Kevin Klein still can’t go, then expect Dylan McIlrath to get into tonight’s game.

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Dan Girardi left last night’s 3-2 loss to St. Louis with a hip injury, and it appears to be more serious than a typical day-to-day style injury. With the next game coming on Monday against San Jose, it looks like Girardi will be out for at least that game. Assuming Kevin Klein cannot play due to his back spasms, it means Dylan McIlrath will likely be inserted into the lineup.

If Alain Vigneault wants to go the call-up route, then one of Girardi or Klein will need to be placed on IR to open up the roster spot. But all signs point to McIlrath playing at least one game, likely on a bottom pair, before the inevitable trade comes.

Jeff Gorton, in the mean time, will be placing a call to the Girardi-Cyborg store where all his parts come from. Clearly there was a defect somewhere in building him this season.

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Three little tidbits from the Rangers came out today:

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Oscar Lindberg practicing in full today

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Update: Lindberg will still start on IR, but Alain Vigneault expects to start with 13F and 7D, so expect one defenseman to be cut. Likely Brady Skjei.

Per Steve Zipay, injured center Oscar Lindberg is practicing in full today, and is not in a non-contact jersey. Lindberg had dual hip surgery in May to repair a pair of torn labrums. He was expected to be out six months from the date of the surgery, setting him up for an early-November return.

Lindberg appears to be ahead of schedule. There have been more than a few questions regarding who centers the fourth line, with Josh Jooris seemingly taking that role with Lindberg out.

The Rangers are currently at 24 skaters. Lindberg was expected to go on IR, but that may not be the case any longer. If so, the Rangers will need to cut at least one more skater to get to 23 by tomorrow’s deadline.

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The Rangers have a pretty long shopping list this summer with the defensive (let’s call it) overhaul and all the restricted free agents needing signing (amongst other to do’s). Complicating things for Jeff Gorton and co. will almost certainly be Oscar Lindberg’s injury and the fall-out it will cause.

Lindberg’s season came to a very disappointing end. After a truly surprising start (that include Calder whispers in October) where he was a major reason for the Rangers’ own fast start, Lindberg eventually slipped and stayed out of the line-up. In retrospect it’s now fair to assume that his hip issues influenced the disappointing culmination to his season.

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Rangers center Oscar Lindberg successfully underwent dual hip surgery to repair two torn labrums (yikes) today, per the Rangers Twitter. Lindberg’s recovery time is expected to be six months. He won’t be ready for the start of the season in October, but he should be back by November based on that six month recovery period.

The official injury description is “bilateral hip repair” which sounds pretty painful. Lindberg was a healthy scratch numerous times down the stretch, and this may have something to do with it.

Lindberg was pegged by many to be Dominic Moore’s replacement next season as the full-time 4C on the team. He was also pegged by many to replace a still-on-the-roster Tanner Glass. He was also pegged by many to be traded. So basically this injury confirms that we know nothing, Jon Snow.

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Per Brett Cyrgalis, defenseman Dan Girardi will not play in Game Four. Girardi has been listed as day-to-day with an “everything” injury. Cyrgalis also quoted Alain Vigneault stating that Girardi may be out for the duration of the series.

Brady Skjei will likely remain in the lineup due to strong play. Dylan McIlrath and Raphael Diaz will remain healthy scratches.

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Ryan McDonagh a full practice participant

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Some good news for Rangerland today, as Ryan McDonagh was a full participant in practice today. He did not have a non-contact jersey, and he was gripping his stick with both hands. This bodes well for the Rangers, who could use a healthy McDonagh to strengthen their blue line play.

No word on if he plays in Game Three, but it’s the playoffs.

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Derek Stepan has left Game Two and will not return after getting hit from behind by Ben Lovejoy. No call on the play.

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