McDonagh (shoulder) is on target to return in two weeks.
McDonagh, who skated for the first time since being injured on Tuesday, was back on the ice by himself on Wednesday. McDonagh said that he is “coming along” and confirmed that he is on track to return in about two weeks. McDonagh should miss about 5-7 more games.
Talbot allowed five goals on 31 shots in the Rangers 5-4 loss to the Maple Leafs on November 8th. The Rangers are 1-2-2 in their last five games behind Henrik Lundqvist, so Talbot will get a chance to pick up his first win of the season tonight vs. the Flyers. Philly ranks third in the NHL in scoring, but are a .500 team, making Talbot a decent spot-start option in a quiet night in the NHL.
Lundqvist stopped all 33 shots for an impressive 5-0 shutout win over the Penguins on Tuesday. After a rough start to the year, King Henrik has settled in and now holds a 2.55 GAA and .914 SV% through 12 outings this season. Get him in your lineup vs. a struggling Avs squad.
Boyle (hand) appears to be ready to go for Thursday.
Boyle was back in practice again on Wednesday and practiced on the top pair with Marc Staal as well as taking part in power-play drills, both good signs that he will be in the lineup when the Rangers take on the Avalanche.
The Rangers have recalled Jesper Fast from Hartford (AHL).
Fast, 22, has one goal and eight assists in 11 games with Hartford this season. He will be in the Rangers fourth line with Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass. He has yet to record a point in three games with the Rangers.
Lundqvist stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Oilers on Sunday. He has alternated wins and losses in his last six starts, so he is hoping that trend continues into Tuesday’s clash with the Penguins. It will be his first start vs. Pittsburgh of the year—he was 2-1-1 with a 2.88 GAA and .898 SV% against them a season ago.
Stepan (leg) will make his season debut on Saturday.
Stepan has missed the first 12 games of the season with a fractured fibula that he suffered in the preseason. He skated on the Rangers second line with Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider this morning, so expect that to be where he is at tomorrow. He had 57 points (17G / 40A) in 82 games last season. He had never missed a game in his NHL career prior to this injury, so expect him to play 70 games and potentially get back to 50 points again.
Boyle (hand) says “next week” is a realistic timetable for his return.
Boyle has been out since the season opener with a broken hand, but was back on the ice again on Friday morning and should be back in the lineup next week. With Ryan McDonagh out, getting Boyle back would be huge for the Rangers power-play.