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Rangers could be without St. Louis, Stepan and Moore tonight vs. Phoenix (Update)

Mar 24, 2014, 11:21 AM EST

Martin St. Louis AP

Facing a huge game for playoff implications tonight against the Coyotes, the Rangers could be without three key contributors in the lineup.

Martin St. Louis (flu), Derek Stepan (ditto) and John Moore all missed the morning skate, per Newsday. St. Louis and Stepan are being evaluated and will be gametime decisions, while Moore — who hasn’t played since Friday’s win over Columbus — is almost certainly out (with concussion symptoms).

The losses would be huge for New York, obviously. While St. Louis has struggled since coming over from Tampa Bay, he’s still an elite-level scorer while Stepan has been red-hot since the Sochi Olympics, with 13 points in 15 games.

If either can’t go, recently-signed NCAA standout Ryan Haggerty — RPI’s leading scorer this season — could possibly make his NHL debut.

The Rangers are in desperation mode and calling tonight’s game a virtual must-win. While they sit third in the Metropolitan Division heading into Monday’s play, they’re only three points up on Washington with 10 games to play and will play five of their final eight games away from MSG.

Given that all games are big from here on out, expect to see Henrik Lundqvist exclusively in goal down the stretch. Head coach Alain Vigneault suggested as much following Saturday’s 2-0 win over New Jersey, in which Lundqvist stopped all 21 shots faced for the shutout.

“Hank’s our guy,” Vigneault said, per the New York Daily News. “If we’re going to get in — everybody’s winning right now — it’s (going to be) because Hank plays like Hank.”

Update: Vigneault said the team would call up JT Miller from AHL Hartford on an emergency basis.

  1. xdj511 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    JT Miller… paging JT Miller… please pick up the white courtesy phone… NO… the white phone.

  2. dannyboy1313 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Miller doesn’t seem to be an option…

    • xdj511 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Guess they can dress both Carcillo and Dorsett and give this kid Haggerty a shot if they are both out. They’ll have to mix and match a bit and hopefully tough out a win.

  3. jkay1818 - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    “desperation mode” let’s not get carried away.
    you also fail to mention although they play 5 of 8 away from home, they are the best road team in the NHL along with the blues.

    • xdj511 - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Read the whole paragraph again:

      The Rangers are in desperation mode and calling tonight’s game a virtual must-win. While they sit third in the Metropolitan Division heading into Monday’s play, they’re only three points up on Washington with 10 games to play and will play five of their final eight games away from MSG.

      Do they have 8 or 10 games left?

  4. villi5ed - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Miller is an option after all; he will play tonight. The man puts the Yo in Yo-Yo.

  5. jkay1818 - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Miller has looked good during his last little stint went Zucc was out.

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