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Per the Rangers’ Twitter account, defenseman Dan Girardi will be a game time decision. Girardi suffered a lacerated hand in Monday’s win over the Bruins, missing the second half of the game. If Girardi can’t go, Dylan McIlrath will play for the first time since December 22 (six games).

Lines and pairings remained the same, accounting for a maintenance day for Derick Brassard. It’s assumed Oscar Lindberg will still be a scratch tomorrow.

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Per the Rangers Twitter account, winger Chris Kreider will not play tomorrow against Washington. Kreider has a laceration on his hand, suffered in the Florida game. Kreider did not play in the Rangers win over Dallas Tuesday night either.

Jayson Megna will stay in the lineup in Kreider’s spot.

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The Rangers appear to be fully healthy today, as Kevin Klein, Dan Girardi, and Antti Raanta all returned to practice today. Klein has been out the longest with an abdominal injury, almost three weeks. Girardi missed a week with a knee injury. Raanta missed a week with what was likely a concussion. Klein’s injury really cost the Rangers, as he was their best defenseman before the injury.

Dylan McIlrath and Emerson Etem appear to be the healthy scratches, per Andrew Gross. The lines at practice:

Rick Nash-Derick Brass-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Jesper Fast
J.T. Miller-Oscar Lindberg-Kevin Hayes
Tanner Glass-Dominic Moore-Viktor Stalberg

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Dan Boyle
Keith Yandle-Kevin Klein

Make of that what you will.

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Antti Raanta left the game after taking this Marco Scandella slap shot to the skull. Raanta was clearly shaken up. Henrik Lundqvist is now in net for the Rangers.

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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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