After two games with his new club, Keith Yandle has seen the Rangers earn three of a possible four points against two playoff-bound teams.
But for Yandle, who was acquired from Arizona in a blockbuster trade at Monday's NHL trade deadline, it's been a period of adjustment and transition:
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To a new city. Different teammates. A fast-paced offense. Less ice time.
On Wednesday in Detroit, Yandle played 17:45, including 4:57 on the power play, and was credited with two shots on goal and one miss. On Monday, in his debut, he played 19:41 with three shots and two misses.
With the Coyotes, who have fewer star players on their defense corps, he averaged about 23:44 this season. Against the Rangers on Feb. 26, he played 22:42.
"We want to spread out the minutes a little bit more than what he was used to in Arizona," said coach Alain Vigneault, whose Rangers trail the Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders by two points but have three games in hand. "In Arizona, he was stepping out on the ice quite a bit . . . every time. On our team, his role might be a little bit different, so it's going to take a little time to get used to it, but he's going to be fine once he does."
"It's a different system, honestly," Yandle said. "It's something I'm trying to get more used to every day."
Yandle, who played mostly with Kevin Klein five-on-five, and on the point on the power play, has no points in two games as a Ranger. On Wednesday, Dan Girardi scored on the power play with Dan Boyle at the point.
Vigneault, who often preaches patience, believes Yandle, who had four goals and 41 points in Arizona, will be an asset in due course.
"You can see the poise he has with the puck five-on-five and on the power play," he said. "He's going to get used to the way we play here. I'm very confident that he's going to be a real efficient player for us."
Henrik discusses injury. On "Live With Michael and Kelly," injured Henrik Lundqvist, who has been improving weekly, clarified that his vascular injury was not caused by bruising from the puck that hit his throat on Jan. 31. "I snapped my neck so hard that I sprained -- they call it sprained -- a blood vessel in my neck," he said while pointing to the back of his neck. Lundqvist has been taking low shots and doing in-net conditioning drills for weeks, but the Rangers say there still is "no timetable" for his return.