Update: Nash, McDonagh, Del Zotto will return tonight

Team has confirmed.

Gilroy (flu) and Asham (back) scratched. Gilroy had played 12 straight.

So Bickel will be fourth-line winger....

Lundqvist will make 16th start in goal...

We'll see in warmups which line Nash starts on.......

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Chris Kreider sent to AHL

Chris Kreider of the Rangers skates against the

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Chris Kreider, who apparently hasn't shown enough to stick with a healthier Rangers team, has been sent to the Connecticut Whale, the Blueshirts confirmed a few minutes ago

The left wing,  who has received very little ice time recently, played just 4;23 against Winnipeg on Tuesday, and is 1-1-2 in 11 games. Coach John Tortorella, has said that the skilled rookie who burst on the scene...

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Nash, McDonagh expected back tonight: Morning Skate Notebook

Rick Nash of the New York Rangers is

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 Signs that “The Descent” (Bob Mould reference) by the Rangers may be over:  Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh both participated in today’s morning skate and sounded upbeat afterward.

Nash was a little more cautious, saying the would not declare himself totally good to go after missing four games until after warm-ups at Madison Square Garden, but my instincts say he’ll dress.


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NHL's rush to realign a head-scratcher

Henrik Lundqvist and Brian Boyle of the Rangers

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I hear ya.

You're upset about Tortorella and Lundqvist and Gaborik and the power play, and the lack of swagger and sandpaper, which I mentioned on a mini-media blitz on three radio shows yesterday. All with good reason. They're underwhelming at this point, but the Jets are playing well and I get this feeling the Rangers, when healthy, will put together a run. They have games in hand....

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Post-game Xtra: Solid 3rd period isn't enough in 4-3 loss

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers looks

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Well, except for the desperate, urgent, third period, that’s not the way to kick off a four-game homestand: A 4-3 loss to Winnipeg.  

Naturally, after their fourth straight defeat (0-3-1)---this one to a team that they had beaten all four games last season---the Blueshirts tried to stay upbeat.

“It’s something we have to realize here, when you’re not getting wins and bounces,” said...

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Rangers NHL affiliate will remain in Hartford through 2016

Here's a statement from the governor of Connecticut:

Remember what I wrote a couple Sundays ago:  No guarantee team name will remain Whale. I expect it to change....


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Rick Nash: 'A positive day'

Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers

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Don’t expect injured Rick Nash to play tonight against Winnipeg, but it seems that Rangers fans can back away from the ledge. 

Nash, who said he feels better, was on ice in Westchester with almost the entire team for an optional morning skate. It was the first time he has skated with the club in nine days, although he said he has skated on his own for a week.

The Rangers’ leading...

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Breaking: NYR's Rick Nash practicing for first time in nine days

Rick Nash skates during Rangers training camp at

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Rick Nash is on the ice, in a regular, not a non-contact jersey, this morning. It is the first time in nine days that he has skated publicly with the team, though I suspect he may have taken some tirls on his own.

Despite missing three games with an undisclosed injury, Nash remains the team's leading scorer with three goals and 12 points. Whether he plays tonight against Winnipeg is unclear...

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Dan Girardi: 'We need a good hard start'

Dan Girardi skates with the puck during a

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And a better finish against Winnipeg tomorrow, if I might be so bold to add...

After all, the Ranger lost a 2-1 lead in the third in Ottawa and and faltered in the third period in Montreal.

To be fair, Girardi, who was back after absorbing a booming shot from P.K. Subban with his right foot on Saturday that left him in major suffering (I thought a bone might be broken) said that the...

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Practice lines: Darroll Powe (concussion) returns

Darroll Powe skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Darroll Powe, out with a concussion since Feb. 17 vs Washington, is skating with Boyle and Miller...Richards is between Pyatt and Gaborik; Stepan between Hagelin and Callahan; Halpern between Bickel and Mashinter.

Kreider, Thomas spares.

Which leaves six D:  Staal, Girardi, Del Zotto, Stralman, Eminger, Gilroy.

Again, can't read too, too much into this; team will surely...

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