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Stempniak (illness) took part in Saturday's morning skate and is expected to play against the Devils, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

Coach Alain Vigneault said he hasn't decided yet if Stempniak will replace J.T. Miller in Saturday's lineup, but given how the line arrangements played out in morning skate, it looks like Stempniak will draw back in. Stempniak hasn't played since Dec. 16 after being diagnosed with the mumps, but he was cleared to rejoin the team Tuesday and has been healthy for a few days now.

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Stempniak (illness) has been scratched for Tuesday's game against the Capitals, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

Stempniak is still recovering from a case of the mumps, and the Rangers evidently aren't willing to take any chances after Tanner Glass and Derick Brassard both already dealt with the mumps. Stempniak remains day to day with the illness, and should have a good chance of suiting up when the Rangers take on the Devils on Saturday.

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Stempniak has been confirmed to have a case of the mumps, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

Stempniak underwent testing for the virus over the weekend, and now has a confirmed case. He will skate on his own Monday and will skate with the Rangers on Tuesday, however, which could indicate he hasn't been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Capitals.

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Stempniak will undergo testing for the mumps virus and will be isolated from the Rangers for the next five days, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

Though Stempniak hasn't been diagnosed with the virus, the Rangers aren't taking any chances after Tanner Glass and Derick Brassard both previously dealt with the mumps. Even if the tests don't reveal Stempniak's illness to be anything serious, the five-day timeline will force him to miss at least the Rangers' two games over the weekend. The Rangers could recall a forward from AHL Hartford to cover for Stempniak's absence.

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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.