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Nash still scoring; Mueller doing his job; Rangers power play on the rise?

Today's New York Rangers notes.

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Not a ton of hockey of the schedule for the Rangers these next two weeks. To be exact, the Rangers only play four games over a 12 day stretch, having played the first Tuesday night in New Jersey. What's also key about this part of the schedule is, after that fourth game against the Winnipeg Jets, Derek Stepan will be eligible to return from LTIR. There aren't any updates yet on Stepan, and there's no knowing if he'll return for the team's 11th game of the season, but that's always seemed to be the plan. And now, your morning notes.

Both Dominic Moore and Derick Brassard sat out of practice on Wednesday, but Alain Vigneault said both players were just getting rest, taking advantage of the layoff until the team's next game. [Ranger Rants]

Chris Mueller was brought in to win faceoffs and contribute on the power play. The early returns? He's doing exactly what's been asked of him, and getting more responsibility. [NY Post] [Newsday]

Rick Nash leads the league in goals thus far, and has been a downright difference-maker. How he got there, after a disappointing postseason. [Yahoo]

The Rangers power play was a major weakness last season. Yet after failing to score on the man advantage in the team's first six games on the man-advantage this season, then breaking out in game seven, and still waiting to get new special teams weapon Dan Boyle, could the power play become a strength? [Daily News]

Dancin' Larry has a new Ford commercial. Watch it. [Blueshirt Banter]

Tuesday night was another healthy scratch for the 19-year-old Anthony Duclair . Vigneault wants to keep Duclair around, but will he draw into the lineup on Saturday? [NY Post]