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Stepan and Klein on the road trip

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Derek Stepan (ribs) and Kevin Klein (abdominal) are both traveling with the Rangers on this road trip, beginning in Minnesota tonight. Alain Vigneault stated that Stepan and Klein likely won’t play tonight, but there’s a chance both will play tomorrow.

The lineup for tonight’s game will likely remain the same, but there will need to be some roster decisions made when they both return.

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Skjei (Photo: Blueshirts United)

The Rangers will be without Dan Girardi for tonight’s game against Edmonton, which means the Rangers will need to call up a defenseman to fill out the roster. With Jarret Stoll on the waiver wire (update on that at noon), the Rangers have enough cap space to call up any defenseman for the short and long term. Considering it’s Girardi, and he’s a bit of an iron man made from robot parts, he likely will just miss this game. But there are a few options in Hartford that make sense.

Raphael Diaz

He’s hurt. He’s not the call up. But Alain Vigneault hinted he would be had he been healthy.

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Per the Rangers Twitter, Dan Girardi is day-to-day with knee swelling. He will not play tomorrow. Kevin Klein is still out, so the Rangers will need to call someone up for tomorrow’s game. Since Raphael Diaz is hurt, here’s hoping it’s Brady Skjei.

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Rangers recall Jayson Megna

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The Rangers have recalled forward Jayson Megna from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack to replace Derek Stepan on the roster. Megna will likely be the team’s 13th forward, rotating in with Emerson Etem and/or Viktor Stalberg.

To make room for Megna, Derek Stepan was placed on LTIR, meaning he will be out at least three weeks. The timeline for Stepan’s injury is a 4-6 week duration.

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Derek Stepan breaks ribs, out 2-4 weeks

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Derek Stepan will be out 2-4 weeks with broken ribs. He was hit late by Matt Beleskey into the boards on a questionable hit (no supplementary discipline). Dylan McIlrath stood up for Stepan, challenging Beleskey to a fight. McIlrath got an instigator penalty –I hate that stupid rule– and the Bruins scored on the ensuing powerplay.

It is not expected that the Rangers will call someone up, since they have 12 forwards and can shift Kevin Hayes or Jarret Stoll back to center.

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Viktor Stalberg was skating with the team during this morning’s practice, and was medically cleared to play. There was some changes to the lines in practice, and it appears Alain Vigneault will be holding Stalberg out for at least the weekend:

Rick Nash-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast
J.T. Miller-Kevin Hayes-Oscar Lindberg
Jarret Stoll-Dominic Moore-Emerson Etem

The defense pairs remained the same.

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Viktor Stalberg will not play tonight against Calgary. Stalberg took a borderline hit from Radko Gudas in the second period of last night’s game against the Flyers and did not return. Stalberg was absolutely in a vulnerable position. Gudas’ elbow was in, but the replays make it difficult to determine the principal point of contact. Doesn’t matter now, as Stalberg will sit tonight, either as a precaution or because he is still suffering the effects of the hit.

Emerson Etem will probably slide into Stalberg’s spot on the fourth line.

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Per the official Rangers Twitter, defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi and forward Mats Zuccarello will be held out of training camp activities for the first week. All three had offseason procedures (Staal – ankle, Girardi – bursa, Zucc – brain/skull), so it’s not surprising they will be held out. I’d expect they rejoin after the first round of cuts, which is usually comprised of the kids getting sent back to juniors.

Alain Vigneault has said all three will be ready for the start of the season.

The full training camp roster can be found here. Worth noting that Kirill Kabanov is a non-roster invitee

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Some quick notes that broke over the weekend:

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Hartford Wolf Pack starting goaltender Mackenzie Skapski had successful arthroscopic hip surgery today, which repaired a torn labrum in his right hip. Skapski will be out 4-5 months, which puts his return in the October-November timeframe.

This further solidifies that Skapski will be in Hartford next season, despite allowing just one goal in two games –both against the Sabres– during his stint as the Rangers backup goalie.

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