The NHL has suspended John Moore for five games for his illegal check to the head of Erik Haula on Monday.
Moore is a repeat offender which is the reason for the five game suspension. Haula suffering an injury on the play also plays a hand in a lengthy suspension. Moore is not eligible to return to the lineup until Tuesday, November 11th against the Penguins.
Stepan (fibula) is expected to start practicing i the next four-to-seven days.
Stepan has reportedly suffered no setbacks in his recovery from a fractured fibula he suffered in the preseason. The plan is to have him start practicing and activate him from longterm injured reserve next week and have him in the lineup shortly after. Everything is on schedule for Stepan which is good news for the Rangers.
Hayes was one of the last players on the ice at the Rangers morning skate which suggests he will serve as a healthy scratch tonight vs. Minnesota. He was also bumped off of the power-play, which is another sign that he will not play. Ryan Malone is expected to take his spot in the lineup, with Martin St. Louis moving to his spot as the first line centre. Hayes has one goal and one assist in six games.
With Derek Stepan still sidelined with a fractured fibula, the Rangers have been searching for someone to centre their top-line all season. St. Louis started the season there but has spent that last week back on the wing. Tonight, it looks like Kevin Hayes (who was centring the top-line) will be a healthy scratch with Ryan Malone entering the lineup. This would mean that St. Louis would move back to the middle, likely between Rick Nash and Chris Kreider. However, head coach Alain Vigneault said the lineup has not been finalized. We will likely have to wait until pre-game warmups to determine the lines and scratches.
Lundqvist will start between the pipes for New York.
Lundqvist allowed three goals on 30 shots in the Rangers' 3-1 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for King Henrik, but it is good to see him posting a save percentage above .900 for the fourth straight game after a very difficult stretch to start the season. There are not many better options (if any) that Lundqvist, keep rolling him every night.
Stepan stepped on the ice this afternoon for the first time since fracturing hi fibula in the preseason. He remains without a timetable for his return, but skating is a step in the right direction for the Rangers number-1 centre.
Lundqvist allowed three goals on 31 shots in a win over the Devils on Tuesday. After a rough start to the season, King Henrik has won three starts in a row while allowing just four goals on 94 shots (.958 SV%). Tonight will be the firs time he faces the Habs since his 18-save shutout in game 6 of Eastern Conference Finals.
Lundqvist stopped all 33 shots he faced in a 4-0 win over the Sharks on Sunday. After a dreadful start to the season, Lundqvist has settled in in his last two starts, stopping 62 of 63 shots (.984 SV%) to earn back-to-back victories. He was 2-2-1 with a 2.81 GAA and .877 SV% against New Jersey last season.
Head coach Alain Vigneault would not confirm that Girardi would play, but Girardi had no problem saying he will play. Bleeding in his leg has stopped so he feels good and ready to go tonight vs. the Devils.
There is no timetable for Stepan (fibula) to resume skating.
Stepan's original timetable was 4-6 weeks and we are approaching the four week point and he has yet to resume skating, so it looks like he won't be returning until the tail-end of the original timetable at best.
Girardi (leg) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault did not shed any light on if Girardi would play tonight or not. He would only divulge that if Girardi can't play, that Mike Kostka would slide into the lineup. We probably won't hear if he will play until pre-game warmups.
Girardi (leg) is on the ice for the Rangers optional morning skate.
Girardi was considered questionable for tonight's game after getting stitches in his leg on Sunday. Head coach Alain Vigneault is expected to address the media shortly, so we will learn Girardi's status for tonight at that time.
Girardi (leg) is not on the ice for Rangers' practice on Monday.
Girardi left Sunday's game after taking a snapshot to the back of his leg. He had to get stitches to repair a cut on his leg and he is considered day-to-day. The Rangers will take on the Devils tomorrow and if Girardi is unable to go, he is expected to be replaced by Mike Kostka.
Klein was hit in the face by a puck on Sunday night and had to receive stitches following the 4-0 victory. The Rangers take on the Devils on Tuesday, so monitor Klein's status during tomorrow's morning skate.
Girardi (lower-body) left Sunday's game and will not return.
Girardi was injured when he blocked a shot in the early in the third period. He played just one shift in the third and will not return. This would be a huge loss for a Rangers blueline that is already struggling in the early part of the season.