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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 2 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 2 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.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

To little surprise, Derek Stepan won't be able to suit up for the New York Rangers against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 on Sunday.

That broken jaw may just keep him out of the playoffs, although the Canadiens certainly seem skeptical about that. Stepan has been enjoying quite the run lately; he's in the middle of a five-game point streak (one goal, six assists). There's no doubt he'll be missed as the intensity of this series ratchets up.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

Derek Stepan is unlikely to be available for Game 4 on Sunday.

He's still at the hospital after he was scheduled for surgery on Friday night. Stepan sustained a broken jaw in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

The New York Rangers hope Derek Stepan can play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final series Sunday even though he has a broken jaw.

Stepan had surgery Friday after taking a high blow from Montreal's Brandon Prust early in the first period in the Canadiens' 3-2 overtime win in Game 2 Thursday. Prust was suspended for two games because of the illegal hit, which wasn't caught by the referees. The Rangers badly want Stepan in their lineup. He's "wise beyond his years," forward Chris Kreider said. "He's the oldest young guy in the league. . .and just sees the ice so well, so easy to play with, so easy to communicate with. He's got a real good pulse [of] what's going on in the room and going on with guys."

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

Even with a broken jaw, Derek Stepan might play in Game 4.

Stepan will have surgery Friday night, but there is speculation that he might be able to play anyways if he wears a full cage. He sustained the injury on Thursday, but it wasn't immediately diagnosed and he stayed in the contest.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

Derek Stepan suffered a broken jaw during Thursday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Stepan absorbed a high blow from Brandon Prust early in the first period. He returned to the game, but was diagnosed with the injury this morning. Stepan needed surgery and there's no timetable for his return. Prust will face a hearing for his actions.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

Derek Stepan scored a power play goal and added an assist in the Rangers 7-2 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final Saturday in Montreal.

The Rangers scored all three of their power play goals in the third period as they had seven chances in the game. Stepan now has three goals and eight points in 15 post-season games.

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Derek Stepan scored the opening goal in the Rangers' 4-1 victory on Tuesday.

Stepan has two goals and three points in three games so far in the Rangers' first round series against Philadelphia. He wasn't a major offensive contributor in the Rangers' previous postseason runs, but if that changes this year, then it would greatly aide them in their quest to win the Stanley Cup.