After a day off on Friday the Rangers held a mandatory morning skate at the MSG Training Center on Saturday, preparing for tonight's contest against the Maple Leafs at The Garden. 22 Blueshirts took part in the skate, including newcomer Benn Ferriero, who was recalled from the Connecticut Whale this morning, and veteran Arron Asham, who had missed the previous two games due to a mild groin strain.
However rookie Chris Kreider was not participating, and the team announced that Kreider has a chip in his ankle and will be off ice for a few days. Officially Kreider, who has played in three of the first four games without scoring a point yet, is listed as day-to-day with the injury, which was diagnosed after an MRI exam on Friday.
Though head coach John Tortorella did not speak with reporters after the morning skate, it appears that Ferriero and Asham will be in the lineup this evening, and that Steve Eminger will once again be the sixth defenseman. Stu Bickel and Matt Gilroy, who stayed late on the ice after the skate, seem to be the healthy scratches.
Ferriero, who was acquired from the Penguins in a trade for Chad Kolarik on Thursday, played in the Whale's 4-1 win over Manchester last night and earned an assist. He has 92 games of NHL experience---all with the San Jose Sharks---scoring 14 goals and totaling 22 points in the NHL.
"I got a little taste of what the system is like up here by playing with Connecticut last night," explained the 25 year-old Ferriero on Saturday. "In a situation like this it will be important for me to keep it as simple as possible out there tonight."
Ferriero, who has good speed and soft hands, will most likely fill in among the Rangers bottom six forwards this evening, and he is excited for that opportunity.
"To get back into the NHL and get a shot again, and to come and play in New York for a great organization, is extremely exciting," Ferriero said Saturday morning. "I'm just going to try and play my game, bring some speed, some physicality, some puck movement, and chip in where I can."
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