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Category: Injuries

Brass to return for Game 4; Stepan likely out

According to the internet, Derick Brassard will be back in the lineup tomorrow. Although, Katie Strang tweeted the following quote from AV, “He didn’t tell me. That’s good news.” Either way, expect Brass back in the lineup. 

Stepan is likely out after having surgery on his broken jaw on Friday due to the illegal hit he suffered from Brandon Prust. Prust received a 2 game suspension. Yeah…

Stepan has surgery for broken jaw

Per Renaud Lavoie, quoting Alain Vigneault, Derek Stepan had surgery on a broken jaw today. The injury came from the hit delivered by Brandon Prust.  This is not good news for the Rangers.

Injury Update: Derick Brassard, in or out?

Alain Vigneault is being coy again. One day after injured center Derick Brassard was taking line rushes, AV said that he is still day-to-day (per Renaud Lavoie). Jeff Klein of the New York Times noted that AV said, in French, that Brass probably won’t play tonight. So, basically we don’t know what’s going on with Brassard. All we do know is that if Brassard plays, then Dominic Moore will slide back to the fourth line and Dan Carcillo will sit. If he’s out, then it will be the same lineup as Monday.

Lineup notes: Brassard taking line rushes

Per Ryan Rishaug, injured center Derick Brassard was taking line rushes this afternoon with regular linemate Mats Zuccarello and J.T. Miller (in Benoit Pouliot’s spot). Per Pat Leonard, Pouliot was just taking a maintenance day. AV alluded to the fact that Brassard may play tomorrow, and it looks like he will be back in the lineup after missing Game Two.

Brassard in for Game Three?

Per Pat Leonard, coach Alain Vigneault was a bit coy this morning when addressing Derick Brassard’s injury. When asked, AV said, “If I were a betting man.” That’s it. So, let’s assume he’s in for Game Three, which is great news for the Rangers.

Gross: Brassard not taking line rushes

Per Andrew Gross, injured center Derick Brassard was on the ice for practice, but was not taking line rushes. Dominic Moore resumed his role as third line center with Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello. Brian Boyle was between Dan Carcillo and Derek Dorsett.

Carey Price done for the series

Per the Montreal Canadiens, goaltender Carey Price is done for the remainder of the Eastern Conference Finals. Price was hurt when Chris Kreider collided with him in the second period of Game One. Price finished the period, but did not play in the third. Price practiced just five minutes yesterday, leading to this announcement today.

Peter Budaj or Dustin Tokarski will start for the Canadiens going forward.

Kreider at morning skate

Per the team’s Twitter, Chris Kreider is at the morning skate, and is not wearing a non-contact jersey. All signs point to the winger returning to the lineup tonight, and at a very critical time for the Rangers.

Alain Vigneault has noted that Kreider is medically cleared to play, but is unsure if he will dress tonight.

Chris Kreider appears to be nearing a return, and boy do the Rangers need him

In case you forgot, Chris Kreider has had success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs before

Though coach Alain Vigneault wouldn’t say it outright, it sure sounds like winger Chris Kreider is getting very close to returning to the Rangers’ lineup.

Kreider has missed the team’s last 19 games with an undisclosed left hand injury and would be a major addition to New York’s suddenly offensively-starved lineup.

Vigneault has been married to his unofficial top line – Benoit Pouliot/Derick Brassard/Mats Zuccarello – and his outstanding fourth line – Brian Boyle/Dominic Moore/Derek Dorsett – for most of the second half, but he’s had a devil of a time finding the right combination with Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis, Rick Nash and Derek Stepan. Even when Kreider was healthy, chemistry wasn’t automatic, but at least Vigneault had a complete set of top-six forwards (in theory) to choose from. It’s a lot easier to mix and match that way then when a fourth liner like Danny Carcillo is being asked to skate with key offensive players.

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Steve Mason won’t play in Game Three

Per Sarah Baicker, Flyers goalie Steve Mason will not be dressing for Game Three. Mason has missed the first two games of the series, in which Ray Emery started. Emery is sporting a .913 SV% in the two starts this series.