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Jarret Stoll scratched, still trying to find his way with Rangers

New York Rangers' Jarret Stoll, right, congratulates Mats

New York Rangers' Jarret Stoll, right, congratulates Mats Zuccarello on his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: AP / Jay LaPrete

MONTREAL -- Jarret Stoll, a healthy scratch Thursday night, says he still is trying to find his way to success in his changing role with the Rangers.

"Just adjusting to new linemates, playing the wing; it's not easy," said Stoll, who has played his entire career at center. "You lose a game [4-1 to the Jets on Tuesday] and there's going to be some changes."

The former Los Angeles King has been playing the wing with Dominic Moore at center. "When you're not taking as many faceoffs, you've got to get used to it," Stoll said Thursday.

"It's different reads, different places on the ice, switching positions shift to shift. I just have to find a way to be as comfortable as possible playing the wing."

In four games, Moore has taken 44 faceoffs and won 23 (52.3 percent). Stoll, who says he's communicating well with Moore, has won 57.1 percent of his 21 faceoffs.

He's averaged 13:55 on ice, with six shots and one assist (on Moore's goal in the 5-2 win over Columbus on Oct. 10).

Stoll had six goals and 17 points in 73 games with the Kings last season and was busted in Las Vegas on drug possession charges during the summer. He eventually pleaded guilty to non-drug misdemeanor charges, completed community service and was signed to a one-year, $800,000 contract by the Rangers.

"There's a lot of guys on this team that have similar roles. Managing that is easier said than done," said Stoll, who said he had "a good chat" with coach Alain Vigneault.

Blue notes

After sitting for two games, Jesper Fast was back on the fourth line, skating with Moore and Emerson Etem, as forward Tanner Glass was scratched . . . Defenseman Dylan McIlrath was the other healthy scratch, with Dan Boyle returning to the lineup.


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