The Rangers have sent Pavel Buchnevich to Hartford (AHL).
Buchnevich has been a healthy scratch for the last three games and was sent to Hartford this afternoon to create a roster spot to add Brendan Smith from Detroit today. Buchnevich has had a really inconsistent season and has had his play fall off a lot recently.
Buchnevich will play on Friday, but will sit on Saturday.
Buchnevich has been out since November 12th, but will return to the lineup tonight after a brief three-game conditioning stint with Hartford (AHL). Buchnevich had one goal and one assist during those three games and returns to the Rangers, where he has eight points (4G / 4A) in 10 games this season.
Buchnevich (back) practiced on Wednesday; expected to play on Friday.
Buchnevich will miss his fifth consecutive game with a back injury, but he reportedly worked very hard in practice on Wednesday and is expected to return to the lineup on Friday. Buchnevich has one assist and four shots in two games this season.