Victor Hedman D TB 2 days ago
Hedman assisted on two of the Bolts' six goals in Wednesday's Game 3 victory over the Rangers.
Hedman only has one goal across the Lightning's 16 postseason games, but he's been one of their more proficient setup men in all three series. He's kicked off the Eastern Conference Finals with a helper in each of the three games to go along with a total of eight shot attempts.
Chris Kreider LW NYR 2 days ago
Kreider recorded an assist in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Lightning, giving him a point in each of the first three games of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Kreider was quiet during the first round and for the first half of the second round matchup with the Capitals, but he's been on fire ever since. He's produced four goals and a pair of assists across his last six contests.
Jesper Fast F NYR 2 days ago
Fast scored on both of his shot attempts in Wednesday's 6-5 overtime defeat to the Lightning in Game 3.
Fast's first goal would give the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the first period, but that was hardly enough of a cushion in what has been a high-scoring series. The 23-year-old has three goals and three assists across 15 postseason contests, giving the Rangers useful production next to Derek Stepan.
Dan Boyle D NYR 2 days ago
Boyle potted a goal and dished out a power-play assist in Wednesday's Game 3 loss to the Lightning.
After an unexceptional regular season, Boyle has come on strong during the playoffs to give the Rangers an added scoring threat from the blue line. The veteran has three goals and five assists through 15 games, though only a minus-4 rating to show for it.
Kyle Cumiskey D CHI 2 days ago
Cumiskey is expected to again see ice time in Game 3 against the Ducks, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Cumiskey, who saw his first playoff action since 2010 in Game 2, admitted he was nervous but coach Joel Quenneville said he liked what he saw from the 28-year-old. "I expect him to even improve because he's got another layer with the puck," Quenneville said. "I think offensively he has speed and quickness, he can get involved a little bit more with moving up ice, off the point as well. I think defensively he's fine."
Mats Zuccarello LW NYR 2 days ago
Zuccarello (upper body) was on the ice Thursday but is yet to join the team for practice, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.
The winger hasn't practiced in nearly a month, and he'll have to do so before he has any chance to return during the Rangers' playoff run.
Aaron Palushaj RW PHI 2 days ago
Palushaj signed with the Flyers on Thursday, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
The winger last played in the NHL in 2013-14, appearing in a pair of games for the Hurricanes. Prior to that, he spent time with Montreal (2010-12) and Colorado (2012-13). Palushaj spent 2014-15 in the KHL, playing a combined 53 games for Zagreb Medvescak and Yekaterinburg Automobilist.
Keith Yandle D NYR 2 days ago
Yandle racked up two assists in Wednesday's 6-5 OT loss to the Lightning.
Yandle hasn't been quite as productive as the Rangers hoped he would be when they acquired him from the Coyotes at the trade deadline, but his speed has been a key component of New York's dangerous blue line depth. He was one of the few bright spots defensively Wednesday night, finishing with a plus-2 rating to go along with his two points.
Ryan McDonagh D NYR 2 days ago
McDonagh registered a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 6-5 OT loss to the Lightning.
The Rangers captain found the score sheet for the fourth time in the last four games, but struggled overall on the night, and finished with a minus-2 rating. The Rangers will need McDonagh to play his best hockey if they want to avoid heading back to New York facing a 3-1 series deficit.
Derek Stepan C NYR 2 days ago
Stepan collected two assists in Wednesday's 6-5 OT loss to the Lightning.
The center has been red hot lately, racking up eight points in his last six games. He now has five goals and seven assists through 15 playoff games, but will face a stiff test in Game 4 with his team down 2-1 in the series.