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Kevin Klein skating, Mats Zuccarello not skating

At the optional skate today, injured defenseman Kevin Klein was on the ice. Klein has been out since March with a broken wrist and missed the entire first round series against the Penguins. Klein has been “nearing a return” for quite some time now. Mats Zuccarello, who took a Ryan McDonagh shot to the noggin during Game Five, was not…

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Who comes out when Kevin Klein returns?

I was listening to the radio yesterday, and I couldn’t believe my ears. Hockey was being discussed, and it wasn’t Boomer and Carton or Michael Kay and Don La Greca. Once I got over my initial shock of hearing hockey on the radio discussed by a voice in which I could not identify, I started listening to the topic at…

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Is Dan Girardi a key cog in the Rangers future?

Dan Girardi in, Kevin Klein out for Game Two

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…

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Which Rangers could turn into overnight heroes?

To go on a playoff run, a team needs solid goaltending first and foremost. It needs to stay healthy, and a good bit of luck. And it needs contributions from up and down the lineup.When the game inevitably tightens up in crunch time, the snipers and playmaking artists are often mitigated in favor of greasy goals with traffic in front…

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Kevin Klein not practicing, unlikely for Game One

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…

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Kevin Klein skating, weekend return possible

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…

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A quick Kevin Klein injury update

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…

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Kevin Klein’s injury should have represented a prospect opportunity

In a season where the Rangers, from top to bottom, have done almost everything right the decision to insert Matt Hunwick straight into the line-up is the sign of a missed opportunity. When Henrik Lundqvist went down with an injury the team turned to Cam Talbot. Slowly but surely Talbot has turned himself into a legitimate NHL starter – at…

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Keep calm: the Klein injury can be weathered

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…

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Kevin Klein injury: Being re-evaluated by team doctors

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…

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