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Zibanejad practices, Grabner hurt and “up in the air” for tomorrow’s game

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NHL: New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Kreider missed today’s practice with a maintenance day but Mika Zibanejad, who was a last minute scratch last night, was back on the ice for the Blueshirts. The Swedish center is not yet penciled in for tomorrow’s game against the Bruins.

Michael Grabner left today’s practice with an apparent hip injury after a collision with Adam Clendening. When it rains, it pours.

The feeling on social media from is that the Grabner isn’t serious and that the Rangers are just being cautious. Still, it’s another Ranger battling an injury to add to the list.

Alain Vigneault is hoping that Kevin Klein can get into the lineup tomorrow. The right-side defender’s back spasms have kept him on the sidelines much longer than expected. Steven Kampfer played for the Rangers last night with Klein and Dan Girardi hurting.

Earlier today we learned that the Rangers will be without Jesper Fast for 2-3 weeks due to a shoulder injury.

Brendan Smith will make his debut with the Rangers tomorrow. He’ll wear number 42.