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Dan Girardi will play in Game Two tonight, despite taking a puck to the jaw in Game One and not returning. Girardi left in the third period after the injury as the Rangers held on to a 2-1 lead to take the first game of the series. Kevin Klein, out since March with a broken arm, will not make return tonight. Klein is close, and still considered day-to-day, but Matt Hunwick is doing just fine as his replacement for now.

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Per Josh Thomson, injured defenseman Kevin Klein did not practice today and will not practice tomorrow. That puts Klein’s return for Game One in doubt, as Alain Vigneault has mentioned that Klein needs to practice before he can play. It is unlikely Klein, who has been out since March with a broken arm, plays in Game One.

Matt Hunwick will stay in the lineup for now, and has done a serviceable job in replacing Klein in the lineup.

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Kevin Klein is skating with the healthy scratches (Henrik Lundqvist, James Sheppard) today (per Andrew Gross), and it is possible a weekend return may be in the works. Klein is scheduled to be getting an x-ray this week. If all comes back positive, he should be back before the playoffs start. He is just softly passing the puck, so this weekend may be an aggressive timeline.

The defense hasn’t really missed a beat with Klein out, as Matt Hunwick has been pretty solid in replacing Klein. That said, welcoming Klein back would be nice, especially if it takes some of the tougher minutes off Dan Girardi.

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Apr
04

A quick Kevin Klein injury update

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Per Steve Zipay, inured defenseman Kevin Klein is slated to get x-rays on his fractured left arm this week, which will determine if/when he returns from the injury. He is currently skating but not stickhandling. The original timeline had him slated to return for the playoffs, but Sam Rosen mentioned on the most recent broadcast that the Rangers are hoping to get him one game before the playoffs.

For today’s game, the lineup remains unchanged, per Brett Cyrgalis.

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Mar
17

Henrik Lundqvist cleared to practice

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In some very good news, goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been cleared to practice by team doctors. Lundqvist, who has been out for the past six weeks with a vascular injury suffered after taking a puck to the throat, will likely need some practice time before getting back into a game. The Rangers will also be in no rush to get their All-World goaltender back in net, as backup Cam Talbot has been outstanding in relief.

With the way the schedule is laid out, I wouldn’t expect Lundqvist to be back in a game until the weekend. The Rangers have back-to-backs against Carolina and Anaheim, so The King may return for one of those games. I’d still assume Talbot will get a good amount of starts down the stretch. He’s been solid and the Rangers don’t want or need to rush Hank back.

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Mar
17

Managing the Martin St. Louis injury

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With Martin St. Louis out 10-14 days with a knee injury, the New York Rangers find themselves needing to weather the storm while he heals. We can debate the argument over whether St. Louis needed the rest or not, but the point remains that the Rangers will need to find a way to deal with a top-six forward out of the lineup for 4-6 games.

The Rangers are not expected to make a call up, at least right away, while St. Louis is out. This makes relative sense, as the Rangers have a limited number of call ups until rosters expand for the playoffs. That said, this also means the return of Tanner Glass to the lineup. That’s not exactly ideal.

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Mar
16

Martin St. Louis out 10-14 days

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The New York Rangers have announced that winger Martin St. Louis will be out 10-14 days with a right knee injury, suffered last night in the 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers. St. Louis will miss 4-6 games based on that time frame. As of now, the Rangers have not made any roster moves to account for the injury.

Some might argue that giving St. Louis rest at this point in the season will help energize him for the playoffs. But his absence does leave a big hole in the top-nine.

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When Keith Yandle was acquired from Arizona prior to the trade deadline, the focus became on the formidable blue line corps the Rangers now possessed (once all the Anthony Duclair consternation died down, that is). With John Moore headed to the desert, Matt Hunwick became a depth guy and Dan Boyle’s minutes were about to become much more sheltered. All was well.

At the end of Wednesday night’s game in Washington, Kevin Klein left the ice and was headed to New York for tests. When the results came back, it was 3-4 weeks on the shelf with the ever mysterious “upper-body injury”. Panic ensues. Don’t get me wrong, Kevin Klein has been very solid for the Rangers this year, even if his torrid goal scoring pace (predictably) slowed down.

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Per Larry Brooks, defenseman Kevin Klein is on his way back to be re-evaluated by New York Rangers team doctors after having independent x-rays performed. When a player is re-evaluated by team docs, it usually means the x-rays found something, and it’s up to the team to assess the treatment plan.

Klein left the game with 19 seconds left in the third period after blocking an Alex Ovechkin shot. If Klein is out for an extended period of time, it is expected that Matt Hunwick will take his spot in the lineup. Other AHL options include Mike Kostka and Dylan McIlrath.

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In case you missed it, Jesper Fast is currently skating in a non-contact jersey at practice. While there is no timetable for his return, it is always promising to see someone with a knee injury skating again. Eventually he will return to the lineup, and at that point, the Rangers will have a bunch of lineup questions that will need to be answered.

Do you break up Hagelin-Hayes-Miller?

Prior to his injury, Fast was skating with Carl Hagelin and Kevin Hayes. The line was solid, albeit unspectacular. When Fast went down on February 8, J.T. Miller took his spot on that line, playing the off-wing, and the results have been fantastic. In those seven games, Hayes has a line of 4-2-6. Hagelin has a line of 3-3-6, and now has his first career 20-goal season in his sights. Miller has a line of 0-3-3, but has been willing to go to the corners, be in hard on the forecheck, and has been averaging close to 60% SAT%/CF%.

For the first time all season, the Rangers have a third line that is a legitimate scoring threat. This line took over the secondary scoring role when the Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Martin-St. Louis line was slumping. Now the line provides tertiary scoring, with Hayes and Miller playing on PP2.

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