Derek Stepan C NYR 3 Months

Derek Stepan finished with the fourth-most faceoff wins of the playoffs (215), yet that might be an area he'd like to improve upon in 2014-15.

Stepan only won 42.2 percent of his draws in the playoffs. He was also weak in that regard in the regular season, going 829-1512, a 45.2 winning percent.

Derek Stepan C NYR 3 Months

Henrik Lundqvist's 48 saves were not enough Friday night and the New York Rangers fell 3-2 in Los Angeles in double overtime, giving the Kings their second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

But the Rangers sure had their chances in OT. Ryan McDonagh hit the right post at 4:42 of the first overtime. Jonathan Quick (28 saves) stopped Chris Kreider's breakaway at 19:27 of the first overtime and Dan Girardi's power-play slap shot in the second overtime was tipped off the left post by Mats Zuccarello. "It's a bummer," Derek Stepan said. "Quality chances, quality looks that don't find the back of the net with the way Hank is playing. It didn't seem like we were going to lose that hockey game. Right now, it's a sour taste. It's not much fun right now."

Derek Stepan C NYR 3 Months

Derek Stepan was one of two Ranger players to help clear the puck from the goal line after it squeezed behind goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in Game 4's 2-1 win over Los Angeles.

"Just trying to do whatever I could to get the puck away from the goal line," Stepan said. "I saw the puck, got it and pushed it back under Hank. He never stops surprising me. He's our best player and we're going to need him." Stepan's big play came late in the third while the Kings were pressing, while defenseman Anton Stralman's stick helped prevent the puck from dribbling in earlier in the contest.

Derek Stepan C NYR 3 Months

Rick Nash is struggling in the playoffs for the New York Rangers, with only three goals in 22 games.

But his linemates aren't excelling either, and Derek Stepan says he and Chris Kreider have to up their game along with Nash if the Rangers have any chance of bouncing back from a 1-0 disadvantage against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanely Cup Final. "As a line, I think we have a lot more to give, all three of us," Stepan said. "We all have strengths that we contribute. Chris skates and Nasher and I create space. It's not only Rick. Me and Kreids have to step up our games." Stepan has five goals in 20 playoff games and Kreider, four in 11.

Derek Stepan C NYR 4 Months

Derek Stepan (broken jaw) can't eat solid food for at least another six weeks.

Stepan suffered the injury on a hit from Brandon Prust in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. He underwent surgery to have a plate inserted into his jaw and missed Game 4, returning for the next two. The Rangers center will continue to sport a facial protector on his helmet. "Vitamix is a lifesaver," Stepan said. "Let's see how creative I can get." Stepan also said he won't "hold it against" Prust for injuring him.

Derek Stepan C NYR 4 Months

Derek Stepan got to speak with Brandon Prust during the handshake line on Thursday and the two of them hugged to put the incident behind them.

Prust was suspended two games for a high and late hit on Stepan in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. "I understand that Prustie's trying to get a hit in," Stepan said. "I know Pruster. I've played with Pruster and I know the kind of player he is. He plays hard and he plays a hard game and he's sorry. He felt bad." Stepan wasn't able to play in Game 4 because of a broken jaw. It was the first contest he's missed for the Rangers since entering the NHL in 2010-11.

Derek Stepan C NYR 4 Months

Derek Stepan played with a broken jaw on Tuesday.

Stepan only ended up missing one game due to the injury. He ended up logging 19:43 minutes and scored two goals, but his heroics were wasted on the Rangers as they still lost 7-4.

Derek Stepan C NYR 4 Months

Derek Stepan (broken jaw) participated in Tuesday's practice.

Stepan looked like he was ready to return to the lineup as he skated alongside Rick Nash and Chris Kreider, but nothing has been determined yet. "There's a lot of things that have to happen for him to play tonight," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We are going to talk to him this afternoon and see how he reacted to the practice. Nutrition, obviously, is an issue at this time. So later on today we'll talk to our doctors and talk to him and we'll see how it works out." Vigneault went on to emphasize that the team's medical staff will ultimately decide if Stepan is ready to return. Should he play, Stepan will presumably wear a full cage.

Derek Stepan C NYR 4 Months

Derek Stepan (broken jaw) will travel with his teammates to Montreal ahead of Game 5 on Tuesday night.

However, it's unclear if Stepan will be available to play. He missed Sunday's Game 4 victory over the Canadiens after he had surgery. The Rangers can close out the series with a win.

Derek Stepan C NYR 4 Months

Derek Stepan (broken jaw) missed his first game in his NHL career on Sunday.

Stepan had played in 348 straight games with 54 coming in the playoffs, before sitting out Game 4. There is currently no timetable for his return.