Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Brian Boyle is out indefinitely with a lower body injury.
…and Boyle's nightmare season continues.
…time for Stepan, Richards and Brassard to step-up in the faceoff circle.
This injury obviously opens up a huge opportunity for Chris Kreider, who told Katie Strang at ESPN.com that he focused a lot on check-finishing, especially on back-check with the Whale. He added that he wants to have a "positive impression" on the game, even without scoring.
…there's been a lot of talk by Rangers fans, myself included, regarding the Rangers terrible handling of Kreider this season. And they have. However, I think the idea that Kreider's confidence is being destroyed is a little overblown. I can guarantee you, every time the Rangers have decided to re-assign Kreider to the Whale he has had a conversation with Torts about the situation and what is expected of him as well as what he needs to do to improve. Kreider is a very mentally strong young man and I'm fully confident he can handle this current situation.
…i'm expecting big things from him the rest of the way.
On the injury front, Derek Dorsett, who participated in the Rangers infamous skating test today, told Strang he will start shooting in the next week or so, then will begin doing battle drills in practice before he can narrow in on a return date.
While Marc Staal told Gross that light still affects him as his eye may be dilated permanently. He adds that wearing shaded visors an option.
…nothing I'm hearing about Staal's vision is any good at all.
Expect the same line-up tonight, including Henrik Lundqvist.