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Coach Alain Vigneault said that Stepan is dealing with the flu and is "less than 50-50" to play Saturday against the Predators, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

It sounds like Stepan might have woke up feeling ill, as there was no indication at Friday's practice that he was under the weather. With Saturday's game kicking off at 3:00 ET, it's difficult to envision Stepan returning to full strength by that time. His status should be officially clarified during pregame warmups, with Lee Stempniak expected to assume Stepan's lineup spot.

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Stepan logged an assist in Monday's 6-3 win over Florida.

Despite logging his first point in three games, the 24-year-old center is enjoying his best season to date with a near point-per-game (33 points in 35 games) average. If you're lucky enough to own him, start with confidence nightly.

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Stepan netted a pair of goals in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.

Stepan's getting into a bit of a groove as he's now recorded a multi-point effort in consecutive games and in five of his last 10 contests. He missed time at the beginning of the season, but the 24-year-old is now at a better than point-per-game rate with 31 through 30 contests and should be continued to be counted on to keep producing.

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Stepan dished out a pair of assists in Friday's win over the Blue Jackets.

If you're having passing problems, Stepan feels bad for you son...Stepan's got 99 problems, but his sauce ain't one. The 24-year-old now has six goals and 23 assists in 29 games, to go with a plus-11 rating. With four multi-point efforts in his last nine outings, the second-line center provides great value in almost all formats. He's money on a Rangers' team that has won nine of their past 13 games. Keep him rolling.

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Stepan (upper body) will play Friday against Columbus.

With Stepan -- who had been a game-time decision -- in action, J.T. Miller was scratched from the Rangers' lineup on Friday.

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Stepan (upper body) skated with Chris Kreider and Martin St. Louis during line rushes in advance of Friday's game against Columbus, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

J.T. Miller was the odd man out in line rushes, so it looks like Stepan -- who was sporting an 'A' on his jersey during warmups -- should be a go Friday night.

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Stepan (upper body) is a game-time decision for Friday's game against Columbus, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

Stepan, who sat out Thursday's game against the Bruins, skated Friday morning and evidently has a chance to return to action Friday night after missing just one contest.

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Stepan (upper body) reported improvement with his injury Thursday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

While he won't suit up for Thursday's game against the Bruins, Stepan has yet to be ruled out for Friday's tilt in Columbus. The Rangers figure to check back in on his condition Friday morning before relaying word on his availability for that night's game.

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Stepan (upper body) will travel with the Rangers to Boston, but won't play in Thursday's game against the Bruins, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

After leaving Tuesday night's game in the second period with the injury, Stepan remained off the ice for Wednesday's practice. It's a good sign that he's being allowed to travel with the Rangers, so it would seem he's still being viewed as day-to-day at this time. If he's able to get in an optional skate Thursday, he could be cleared to return to the lineup Friday in Columbus.

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Stepan sustained an upper-body injury in Tuesday's loss to the Islanders, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

The center ended up seeing a season-low 6:55 of ice time after exiting in the second period with the injury. There's no word yet regarding the severity of the ailment or how it was acquired, putting his availability in question for the Rangers' next game Thursday in Boston.