Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Flu season: St. Louis, Stepan could be out, J.T. Miller recalled
Rangers forwards Martin St. Louis and Derek Stepan did not skate this morning at Madison Square Garden and are game-time decisions tonight when the Blueshirts host the Coyotes in the first home game after three road wins.
J.T. Miller was in the process of being called up from Hartford on an emergency basis.
A third forward witht he flu, Derek Dorsett, who sat out the last game against New Jersey on Saturday, practiced, but has some lingering symptoms and also is a game-time decision, coach Alain Vigneault said.
Miller, who has been here for substantial time this season, and last season under John Tortorella, has 33 points in 35 game with the Wolf Pack, and is the logical choice. He was expected to be added to the roster after the AHL season.
There also was some positive news on D John Moore, who sustained a concussion in Columbus last week. Vigneault said he was feeling a little better, and was riding a bike today, following post-concussion protocol.
Raphael Diaz will skate on the third pair again today, but unlike Saturday, will switch from his natural right side to the left, Vigneault said, because the coaching staff wants to see him at that spot.