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Stepan scored his first goal of the year and tallied in the shootout Thursday, but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss to the Avalanche.

The Rangers missed Stepan while he was out due to a broken leg, and he's been productive since returning, with four points in as many games. There's no reason he shouldn't keep it rolling.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

Stepan picked up two assists -- one on the power play -- and went plus-2 with two PIM in Tuesday's 5-0 rout of the Penguins.

Stepan looked much stronger in this one than he did in his first two games back from a broken leg, as he finished positive in faceoffs for the first time this year and created Rick Nash's shorthanded goal by winning a race behind the Penguins' net and making a slick feed to Nash in the slot. Despite having missed a dozen games, Stepan could still very well clear 50 points this season.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

Stepan picked up an assist in 17:26 of ice time in his season debut Saturday.

Expect the ice time numbers to start to increase once he gets his legs under him. Wait a couple games to get him back in there.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

Stepan (leg) was officially activated from injured reserve Saturday.

The Rangers announced after Friday's practice that Stepan had been cleared to make his season debut Saturday against the Maple Leafs. He shouldn't face any limitations in the game and will center a line of Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

As expected, Stepan (leg) will make his season debut Saturday against the Maple Leafs.

Stepan missed the Rangers' first 12 games with a fractured fibula, but after practicing throughout the week, he's finally ready to resume his duties in the team's top six. The Rangers will likely wait until Saturday morning before officially activating him, but fantasy owners should beginning preparing a spot to slide the center into their lineups. Stepan is expected to skate next to Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello in Saturday's contest.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

Stepan (fractured fibula) appears set to return to the Rangers lineup Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.

With center Chris Mueller returning to AHL Hartford on Thursday, the Rangers already have opened a spot for Stepan's return to the active roster, suggesting he'll be activated from long-term injured reserve in advance of Saturday's game. The team will likely wait for Stepan to complete Friday's full-contact practice before doing so, but barring any unforeseen setbacks, the Rangers should have their No. 1 center back in commission. He required about six weeks to recover from the fracture suffered late in training camp, missing the team's first 12 games of the season as a result.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

Stepan (leg) practiced fully Wednesday but is not expected to play later in the evening against the Red Wings, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.

Stepan has been on the ice with the Rangers for each of the last three days, but because he's working his way back from a long-term injury, he'll still need a little more time to prepare for a return to game action. With the top-line center seemingly enduring no setbacks while practicing thus far, he could be in line to make his season debut either game of the Rangers' weekend back-to-back set.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

According to head coach Alain Vigneault, the chances of Stepan (leg) playing Wednesday are "very, very slim."

Stepan has been cleared for contact, but Vigneault wants him to get in a full practice session before returning, so it's almost certain he will not be activated from injured reserve Wednesday. The Rangers have a full practice scheduled for Friday, so Stepan could return the following day against the Maple Leafs if he is able to avoid a setback.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

Stepan (leg) will not play Monday against the Blues, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

Stepan has been officially cleared for contact, so his return to the lineup should be coming soon, but it won't be Monday night. Wednesday's game against the Red Wings seems like a good bet for when Stepan will suit up for the first time this season.

Derek Stepan C NYR 2 Months

Stepan (leg) was a full participant in Monday's morning skate, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Head coach Alain Vigneault said last week that Stepan could return to action Monday against the Blues, so it looks like there's a good chance he'll be in the lineup. The center racked up 17 goals and 40 assists in 82 games last season, but hasn't played yet this year after breaking his leg in the preseason.