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Rangers' Derick Brassard still out with suspected case of mumps

New York Rangers center Derick Brassard looks on

New York Rangers center Derick Brassard looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period of an NHL game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

CALGARY, Alberta - Rangers center Derick Brassard remained in New York Tuesday night with a suspected case of mumps. The team was awaiting confirmation from blood tests, but all indications pointed in that direction.

Brassard, second on the team in scoring with 24 points in 27 games, was sent home from Edmonton on Sunday.

J.T. Miller, who switched from left wing (where he had three goals in five games) to center in the disjointed 2-0 defeat of the Oilers, stayed in the middle.

"It was a tough game to get a read on any one player," coach Alain Vigneault said, "but I liked what he did in the offensive . . . and defensive zone. In the neutral zone, there were a couple turnovers."

Moore out, Hunwick in

Defenseman John Moore, who saw his return to the lineup three games ago as a great opportunity to make an impression, was a healthy scratch for the third time in the past eight games.

Matt Hunwick, 29, replaced Moore (no points in his last six games) on the third pair with Kevin Klein.

"It's just that right now, [Moore's] fighting for that sixth spot and didn't play real bad, but Hunny had played real well prior to that, so I didn't want him sitting out for a long time," Vigneault said.

Subway sighting

Lee Stempniak, who played almost three full seasons for the Flames, was asked if he is recognized in New York. The right wing said he has been -- by fans who had lived near him in a town outside of Calgary.

"I got on the subway after a game and there were three guys wearing [Ryan] McDonagh jerseys," he said, "and they said 'Hi, Lee.' I was pretty surprised."

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