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Dan Boyle to return Saturday for Rangers

New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle looks on

New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle looks on against the Colorado Avalanche in the second period at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- - Slowly but surely, with vaccines and rest, the illnesses are passing.

Rangers forward Tanner Glass, who has missed three games with the mumps, is feeling better and skated alone before practice on Thursday, but coach Alain Vigneault said Glass will not make the trip to Detroit on Friday for Saturday's game against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

"He has a face only a mother could love," Vigneault said, referring to the swelling from the illness. But Vigneault said it is possible that Glass could return on Monday when the Rangers (11-9-4) host the Penguins.

Defenseman Dan Boyle, who missed the last two games with a severe flu, practiced with the team, and said afterward that he felt "real good." He was paired with defenseman Marc Staal, and Vigneault said Boyle, who began feeling better on Sunday and skated on his own, would play Saturday.

Boyle, 38, who joined the Rangers as a free agent this summer after turning down offers from the Islanders and Red Wings, also was sidelined for 14 games after breaking his hand while blocking a shot in the second game of the season against Columbus.

"I think the hockey gods are not happy I signed here," said Boyle, 38, who has played 75 or more games for eight of the last nine full seasons. "I don't know if they're Islanders fans or Detroit fans."

With Boyle back in the lineup, it appears defenseman John Moore will be a healthy scratch. Ryan McDonagh was back on his natural left side and paired with former partner Dan Girardi, and Matt Hunwick was partnered with Kevin Klein. Vigneault said he believed that moving McDonagh would be a "good thing" for him, and that Hunwick, 29, had earned a top six spot at the moment.

Judging by line rushes during practice, rookie winger Anthony Duclair also likely will be a healthy scratch.

The big question left unanswered: Who will be in net against the Red Wings? Henrik Lundqvist (9-7-3, 2.70 GAA, .905 save percentage) was not at his best in the 6-3 loss to Tampa, and backup Cam Talbot (2-2-1, 2.21, .924) blanked the Flyers in his last two starst.

Vigneault did not reveal his decision publicly, saying that he hadn't told the goalies. Talbot just might get the nod, and Lundqvist could return in the division matchup against the Penguins at the Garden on Monday.

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