It's been an odd stretch of Rangers hockey. Besides the fact that the team has played rather infrequently, New York has been down many players to injuries (and a suspension), and have managed somewhat favorable results, while still leaving winnable points on the board. The new-look Rangers will be back on the ice Wednesday night, again probably sans at least four starters. And now, your morning notes.
Three of the six Rangers blue liners from opening night are out, so the team is taking a look at Tomas Kaberle, who hasn't played in an NHL game since March 5, 2013. [Blueshirt Banter] [NY Post] [Daily News] [Ranger Rants] [Newsday]
It will be the same six defensemen against the Red Wings for New York that faced the Blues on Monday night. For youngsters Dylan McIlrath and Conor Allen, there are areas they hope to improve upon. [Ranger Rants]
With all those injuries and absences in the lineup, someone has to step up. And that player has to be Henrik Lundqvist, writes Andrew Gross. [The Record]
Derek Stepan has been cleared for contact. He hasn't been cleared for Alain Vigneault. [NY Post]
The Rangers have a complicated salary cap situation with injuries, a team that was already close to the cap ceiling, and a recent waiver move. So we tried to break things down for you. [Blueshirt Banter]