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Brassard (illness) will play Saturday against the Hurricanes, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

Coach Alain Vigneault signed off on Brassard's return after he was able to take part in the team's morning skate. The center missed the Rangers' last two contests with the mumps virus.

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Brassard (illness) practiced with the Rangers on Friday and appears set to play Saturday against the Hurricanes.

The Rangers have declined to call up an extra forward from AHL Hartford at this point, a sign that they're comfortable with Brassard heading into the team's weekend back-to-back. Brassard skated in his regular spot Friday as the center for Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello.

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Brassard (mumps) will resume practicing with the Rangers on Friday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

The Rangers put Brassard under a five-day isolation period after he was diagnosed with the mumps last Sunday, and it appears the virus is no longer wreaking havoc on his body. Though ostensibly healthy, Brassard is no sure bet to return to the lineup Saturday against the Hurricanes, as it will likely hinge on how he looks during Friday's skate. J.T. Miller has been absorbing most of Brassard's ice time while he's missed the previous two games.

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Brassard (illness) has been confirmed to have a case of the mumps, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

Brassard will remain away from the Rangers until his contagious symptoms have subsided. He's the 15th NHL player confirmed to have acquired the mumps this season, and the second Rangers player after Tanner Glass was diagnosed with the virus in late November.

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Brassard was sent back to New York on suspicion that he has come down with a case of the mumps.

It's not quite yet confirmed that Brassard actually has the mumps, although he has been sent away from the team regardless and will likely be held off the ice for the near future. If it is indeed a case of the mumps, regular recovery time is approximately 5-7 days.

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Brassard extended his point streak to five games Saturday, racking up two assists in a win over Vancouver.

Brassard has been a monster this season and is easily one of the league's most underrated players. He now has 24 points (eight goals) in 27 games and has only been held off the scoresheet nine times this season. The top-line center needs to be owned in all leagues.

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Brassard will put a four-game point streak on the line when the team plays in Vancouver on Saturday.

It's the longest point streak for the Quebec native since tallying 10 points during an eight game run in March last season. Currently ranked second on the team with 22 points (eight goals) through 26 games played, the veteran center is currently on pace to eclipse the 60-point mark for the first time in his career.

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Brassard scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Flyers.

After getting blanked by Philadelphia the previous game and playing just 15:00, Brassard responded in a big way with two goals and was rewarded with 20:23 in ice time. He also recorded four shots and three hits. Brassard now has 19 points in 23 games this season and is in the midst of a breakout year in which he could crack the 70-point barrier. His previous career-high was 47, set in the 2010-11 season.

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Brassard collected an assist in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Canadiens.

While Brassard played second fiddle to Derek Stepan in minutes, he's now got 16 points (six goals) in 20 games. Folks, it appears the former sixth overall pick (Columbus, 2006) may be blossoming into a point-per-game centerman before our eyes. If he's available, you may want to consider his services as the 27-year-old is on pace to break the 60-point mark for the first time in his career.

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Brassard and the Rangers had their scheduled game Friday against the Sabres postponed due to the extreme weather conditions in the Buffalo area, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.

With some parts of the region receiving up to six feet of snow this week, traveling to Buffalo would have proven quite treacherous for the Rangers had the game been played as scheduled. No make-up date has been announced yet for the game, but expect Brassard to be in the lineup for the Rangers' next contest Sunday versus Montreal.