After his best stretch of the season in the AHL with six goals and an assist in eight games, the Rangers recalled rookie forward Chris Kreider Wednesday and sent Micheal Haley back to the Connecticut Whale.

Before Tuesday's game in New Jersey, coach John Tortorella said there were "good reports" from the Connecticut Whale coaching staff on Kreider, but said he still had more to learn. Kreider, 21, had a goal and assist in 11 games with the Rangers this season, and is likely to dress against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden tonight.

Haley, who skated hard and provided some toughness in nine games, had four shots and didn't register a point.

Asham hopes to return soon

Forward Arron Asham, who has missed 14 games with back spasms and stiffness, said after an optional practice Wednesday that he hoped to return Sunday. "I think I could be ready [to face the Capitals]," he said. "It's up to the coaches. If it was up to me, I would have played yesterday or before so I wouldn't have to do these skates with Schoney," referring to long conditioning drills with assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld.

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Asham has one goal in 12 games and 17 penalty minutes.

Torts: Henrik OK after collision

Henrik Lundqvist, who said he had a sore neck and a headache after being knocked down in a collision with Dan Girardi early in the second period against the Devils Tuesday, did not skate, but Tortorella told reporters: "He's fine." Backup goalie Martin Biron did skate and it is possible that he will start against Florida.