Carl Hagelin is eligible to come off of LTIR tomorrow against the Islanders on Long Island and the Rangers winger is chomping at the bit to get some game action (via Bergen Record)…
“Yes, everything feels good and I’m excited,” Hagelin said. “If the coach tells me to play, I’ll play.”
Alain Vigneault, who said he was focused on tonight’s game against the Canadiens, added this on Hagelin…
“I haven’t seen him in a game but I have seen him quite a bit in practice because he’s been practicing with us now for quite some time. That speed factor five-on-five and that speed factor killing penalties should push the opposition a little bit, make the opposition think he’s so quick and so dynamic that I’m really looking forward to having him in the lineup.”
…while I love Hags and can't wait to see him back in there, if the Rangers win again tonight, I'd be on board with AV staying with same line-up against the Islanders tomorrow. Can't mess with a winning streak. Even if that means another night of Pyatt in the line-up.
When the Rangers finally do decide to insert Hagelin back into the line-up, they'll likely clear out the necessary cap space by placing Rick Nash on LTIR. Speaking of Nash here's your daily
Daily update on RW Rick Nash (concussion): #NYR report nothing new, no change in status. Out indefinitely.
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) October 28, 2013
Meanwhile, Ryan Callahan (broken thumb) skated for the second straight day, but the team still maintains that he's not close.
The line-up remains the same tonight meaning Brandon Mashinter (*uck!) and Justin Falk remain the healthy scratches.
Henrik Lundqvist is back in net after missing the last two games with an undisclosed injury.