Powe on IR; Kreider/Mashinter Alternate on Fourth Line

Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that Darroll Powe has been placed on the IR with a concussion. There is no timetable for his return.

…huge blow for the Rangers. Powe's acquisition not only improved the Rangers penalty kill, it also allowed Torts the comfort of playing four lines as he gelled real nicely with Asham and Halpern. Still have no idea how Sather got him for Rupp.

Meanwhile, at practice Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record says that Chris Kreider is still with the team and was alternating line rushes with the recently recalled Brandon Mashinter.

Here are the lines at practice…

Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-J.T. Miller
Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Chris Kreider/Brandon Mashinter

John Tortorella told Gross that no decision yet on whether Mashinter or Kreider plays tomorrow night vs. Canadiens.

…WTF? Why is Kreider alternating on the fourth line? Either put him on the third line or send him back to the Whale. Makes absolutely no sense.

…unless they just wanted to keep him around for one more practice and plan on re-assigning him later today. Either way, could the Rangers mess with this kid's head anymore? Terrible.

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