New York Rangers Report, 11/14/17: Jimmy Vesey's Lip, Brendan Smith Out Again
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Jimmy Vesey #26 of the New York Rangers leaves the ice after taking a skate to the face in the second period against the Edmonton Oilers during their game at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers are enjoying a rare three-day break from playing any games, but there is still a lot going on around the team.

Jimmy Vesey is recovering from a kick in the face during the New York Rangers’ win over the Edmonton Oilers game on Saturday afternoon.

Vesey said to the official Rangers’ Twitter account, “It’s almost like I saw the skate coming in slow motion but couldn’t move out of the way.”

Vesey needed a couple of root canals and when the swollen lip gets better, he will need a few caps done on his teeth. He will be in the lineup on Wednesday night when the Rangers take on the Blackhawks in Chicago.

Head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that there would be no changes in the lineup when the Rangers play the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night at the United Center. This means defenseman Brendan Smith will sit for the sixth straight game. It has to be frustrating, I am sure. No one expected Smith to be out of action so long, but Vigneault doesn’t want to change a winning lineup, so Smith will have to wait before he can see some ice time. Henrik Lundqvist gets the start in goal.

MSG Unity

A few Rangers took in the Knicks game last night. Mats Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Hayes, Henrik Lundqvist and Pavel Buchnevich with the floor seats. They must have a hook, eh?

Rangerstown 5K

On Sunday, the Rangers organization held their Rangerstown 5K sponsored by @NorthWellHealth. Ron Duguay, Ron Greschner, Adam Graves, Rod Gilbert, Mike Richter, Colton Orr and Boo Nieves were among the Rangers family who cheered on the runners.

Ranger Alumni @EnforceOrr ran the in the race for Rangerstown.

Rangers center Boo Nieves was there to support the 5K participants.

Stanley Cup champ Adam Graves, who ran in the race alongside Mike Richter:

The Rangers family poses for a special picture:

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