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Stempniak will be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game against the Lightning, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

Stempniak missed two games last week with a back injury, but had received full clearance to play over the weekend. Instead of slotting a healthy Stempniak back into the lineup, coach Alain Vigneault decided to stick with youngsters Jesper Fast and Anthony Duclair in bottom-six roles Sunday against the Canadiens, and will do so again Wednesday. Stempniak may need either Fast or Duclair to slip up in the near future if he hopes to earn his way back into a regular role.

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Stempniak (back) practiced Saturday morning.

Stempniak likely would have been available to play Friday had the Rangers' game in Buffalo not been postponed, so his presence at practice would only seem to further reiterate that the winger is now healthy. He'll likely displace Jesper Fast from the lineup when the Rangers take on the Canadiens on Sunday.

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Stempniak (back) returned to the ice for Thursday's practice, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.

Stempniak was held out of Wednesday's contest due to his injury, but that might be the extent of the action that the forward will have to miss. He'll have his back tightness reassessed after Friday's morning skate, but if everything checks out fine, Stempniak figures to suit up against the Sabres.

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Stempniak will miss Wednesday's game against the Flyers with a lower-body injury, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

Coach Alain Vigneault characterized Stempniak's injury as "tightness." Jesper Fast is set to join the lineup in place of Stempniak, who could be ready to go for the Rangers' next game Friday versus the Sabres.

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Stempniak (undisclosed) isn't expected to play Wednesday against the Flyers, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

Stempniak didn't practice Tuesday and wasn't on the ice for the Rangers' morning skate, so it seems fairly safe to conclude that he'll sit out Wednesday. Jesper Fast, who was a healthy scratch Monday night, is expected to replace Stempniak in the Rangers' bottom six.

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Stempniak is considered day-to-day with an undisclosed ailment, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports.

It's not clear what type of injury Stempniak is dealing with, but he did not take part in Tuesday's practice. It remains to be seen if the setback will prevent him from taking part in the Rangers' next game Wednesday.

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Stempniak tallied his fourth goal of the season in Saturday's shootout loss to the Penguins.

Stempniak has been quite useful for a player who has primarily played outside the Rangers' top-six forwards this season, as he's accumulated eight points in 17 games. Somewhat surprisingly, none of those points have come on the power play, where Stempniak averages 1:56 of ice time and skates alongside a more talented collection of forwards than he normally would at even strength.

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Stempniak scored his second goal of the season in the Rangers' 6-3 loss to Toronto Sunday.

Stempniak also added a goal Saturday against Columbus, so the veteran has now scored in consecutive games. He's playing on the third line, but also got some time on the team's powerplay unit, which could increase his limited fantasy value.

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Stempniak provided a goal in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jackets.

Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, Stempniak appears to have settled into a third-line role with the Rangers to begin the new campaign. He'll effectively be asked to replace the departed Benoit Pouliot, a role that doesn't figure to generate a ton of fantasy appeal.

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The New York Rangers have confirmed that they've signed veteran forward Lee Stempniak to a contract and reports suggest it's worth $900,000 for one year.

Stempniak, 31, played 73 games last season with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins. He had 12 goals, 22 assists and 32 penalty minutes.