New York Rangers Report-Pavel Buchnevich
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The New York Rangers head to Ottawa to face the Senators this afternoon as Pavel Buchnevich is set to return to the lineup.

  • New York Rangers (27-6-5, 59 Pts.)
  • Ottawa Senators (20-27-9, 49 Pts.)
  • Television: MSG Network
  • Venue: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Canada

The New York Rangers had a lot going on Friday as they prepare to take on the Senators. It was a mixed bag, as always, of good and bad news.

The Rangers plan on having Pavel Buchnevich in the lineup for this afternoon’s game. He participated in practice Friday, with full contact, and had no issues regarding his concussion injury.

More good news as Marc Staal skated with the team for the first time since he was injured in a game against the Nashville Predators last month. He is out with what has been diagnosed as a cervical injury. Stall told reporters “I felt good today” following Friday’s practice.

Kevin Hayes and Alexander Georgiev were both not on the ice for practice on Friday. Hayes was listed as out for a maintenance day and Georgiev has the flu. Forward Vinni Lettieri was sent down to the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack.

Lettieri was sent down to make room for the needed goaltender recall as was explained by Larry Brooks on his Twitter page. Lettieri is the only player that can go down that would not have to clear waivers. Simply, he was a victim of the numbers game regarding the 23-man roster.

The situation with Kevin Hayes remains a mystery as Alain Vigneault reported Hayes is “less than a 50%” to play today in Ottawa.

Georgiev’s illness could not have come at a worse time as he was slated to start for the Rangers this afternoon in Ottawa.

The Rangers called up goaltender Brandon Halverson from the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack to backup Henrik Lundqvist this weekend. Lundqvist will now likely play in both weekend games.

  • Read my story on ESNY about how happy Chris Kreider was to get back on this ice with the team earlier this week.
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  • Neal Purcell of ESNY talks about how the Rangers have entered into unchartered territory.
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