Zuccarello, Buchnevich, McQuaid set to return tomorrow

After a few weeks out of the lineup due to groin (Zuccarello) and finger (Buchnevich) injuries, both Mats Zuccarello and Pavel Buchnevich are set to return to the lineup tomorrow. The Rangers have been a train wreck without them, which makes sense. Losing two top forwards on a thin team certainly will lead to struggles. The Rangers adjusted their lineup earlier in the week by returning Steven Fogarty and Cole Schneider to Hartford.

Per Brett Cyrgalis, the Rangers are inserting them both back into the top-six:

Cyrgalis did clarify that Matt Beleskey is rotating with Ryan Strome, not Lias Andersson. So it will be one of Strome/Beleskey in tomorrow.

Also slated to return is defenseman Adam McQuaid. With Kevin Shattenkirk out, there was a natural opening for him. The pairings above have Marc Staal out on a maintenance day, so my guess is he’s back in with Neal Pionk and Brendan Smith will be the healthy scratch.

19 thoughts on “Zuccarello, Buchnevich, McQuaid set to return tomorrow

  • Dec 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    *This version is from cyrgalis yesterday . today both Newsday and the post have lias as the extra.

    Ps. Please don’t shoot the messenger.

    • Dec 13, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      would you like a blindfold and a cigarette?

      • Dec 13, 2018 at 2:36 pm

        No, just the blindfold please, smoking is bad for your health!

        • Dec 13, 2018 at 2:44 pm

          now that’s funny!!!!!!!!

    • Dec 13, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      It was easy to guess that he was going to be the odd man out. It’ll only become harder if the team is still the playoff hunt and Cody starts to get back into game shape.

      Lias has been seeing demotions since he got hand gifted a spot onto the top 6.

  • Dec 13, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Lias should be sent down. He has little value with the big club. The promotion was to see if he was ready – obviously not! We once again tout our first and second rounders like they are sure-thing NHLers. We just do not know how to draft.

  • Dec 13, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Yeah like I said, Andersson would instantly become press box material when 100% healthy. I’m not surprised one bit by this. A lot of fans around here ran with the idea of Lias becoming a great 3c. It was premature based assumptions to think that. Howden through a real wrench into that thought.

    Look who drafted Howden
    Now look who drafted Lias
    I’m a NYR fan for life by you can already see how Howden would be on Tampa’s bottom 6. within a year or two. Andersson wouldn’t crack any contender’s bottom 6.

    • Dec 14, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Excellent analysis! It’s scary that so many Ranger fans wants to trade key/core players for draft picks when the guys doing the drafting bring home a Lias Anderson with the 7th overall pick??? He seems like a hard-working great team-guy but I see short and slow and…he does not pass the eye test at all. I hate to say it but I’m disappointed.

      Great point on Howden!! He looks special and why wouldn’t he, look who drafted him! He would be killing it in TB right now.

  • Dec 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    If they are sitting out Lias, and if they are going to continue to play him 9 or 10 minutes a game, then I think they should send him to Hartford where he will again center the top line and work on his game.

    Some exposure to the NHL is good, but if he is going to be in such a small role in the upcoming games then send him down and bring him back when injuries or roster moves demand it.

    • Dec 13, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Peter – given his deployment it was a horrible asset management move to bring him up for ten minutes a game and burn his ELC.

      Any number of the Pack could have filled that need.

      I am not against bringing him up but once you get to seven or eight games you need to make decision on whether it is in his and the team’s best interest for him to lose a contract year.

      To make a decision at 15- 16 games to send him down is ridiculous. Now that decision has not been made yet – so we will see.

      I may be wrong on this but I believe he will now require protecting in the Seattle expansion.

      I am not down on the kid at all just the way that management has handled him.

      • Dec 13, 2018 at 5:51 pm

        Agreed, the kid was playing well in Hartford. Bringing him up to hardly play did not make sense to me either.

      • Dec 14, 2018 at 6:14 am

        Honestly, I really don’t know if the Rangers’ FO knows what it’s doing.

        If I ran my own business this way I would be living in my in-laws basement.

      • Dec 14, 2018 at 9:20 am

        I have a feeling they gave certain commitments to his camp. ($ factor? ) and they brought him back as soon as they saw an opening.

        either that or they don’t want to concede their mistake and hope they can get his skating up to speed in between practices. Yet plenty of top picks play in ahl.

        but no I don’t think this front office knows entirely what its doing.

  • Dec 13, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Claesson had a stinker of a game against Tampa as did Pionk. Everyone likes Pionks skill level and ability to make smart plays on the attack. But he still doesn’t get the whole defence thing. So far coach Quinn is giving him a free pass. But don’t be surprised if the young Ranger spents a stretch of time in the press box.

  • Dec 14, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Boston Bruins supposedly interested in Hayes. Not sure they have anything left other than another first rounder to give.

    • Dec 14, 2018 at 9:06 am

      I would rather trade him to a team like Winnipeg who has a deep prospect pool.

      • Dec 14, 2018 at 9:11 am

        No disagreement here.

  • Dec 14, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Lias need more work send him down, the FO sure dont know how to pick prospects, i would like to see hayes trade to a team that does.

  • Dec 14, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Lias should be playing top minutes in Hartford and we should use him in a trade with Hayes, Zucc and a dman to Colorado for Ottawa’s #1 pick

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