Looks like the flu like symptoms that kept Derek Dorsett out of the lineup Saturday night in New Jersey is spreading as Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan join him as game time decisions for tonight’s game against Phoenix with both also suffering from the ailment.
Despite being categorized as a game time decision, Dorsett, who said he’s feeling much better today, did participate at this morning’s skate. St. Louis & Stepan were held out.
Alain Vigneault reported that JT Miller is in the process of being summoned from Hartford as an emergency call-up in the event two or even all three are unable to play.
In the event all three can’t go, Ryan Haggerty will likely make his NHL debut.
…Jesus, can someone get these guys a flu shot? You’d think that would be automatic considering the close quarters these guys are in all season.
…maybe this is a sign that AV needs to put Stepan and St. Louis on a line together when they come back. They seemed to have some chemistry on the power play in New Jersey. You know, because of that whole St. Louis needs to play with righties thing.
…not exactly the best time to have Dorsett (I think he plays) and Miller filling in for St. Louis and Stepan, although it’s not like St. Louis has been scoring, so who knows.
…the recall of Miller pretty much tells you all you need to know about AV’s plans for using Haggerty this season.
Meanwhile, AV gave a positive update on John Moore’s recovery from a concussion he suffered Friday night in Columbus (via New York Post)…
“He felt much better today. He’s going to follow the concussion protocol there. He rode the bike today, and he was feeling good today.”
Raphael Diaz will once again replace Moore in the line-up but will move over to the left side of Kevin Klein as Vigneault wants to get him some work on his off-side.
…not sure why AV wants to get Diaz comfortable on the left side when he’s going to eventually be replacing Stralman on the right.
…Diaz was able to give the Rangers struggling power play a bit of a lift Saturday night, so plan on seeing him on the point of the extra man early and often.
There will be a pregame ceremony to honor Henrik Lundqvist before tonight’s game in honor of him breaking the Rangers all-time victories and shutout records last week.