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Brad Richards, cheap-shotted by noted cheap-shot artist Patrick Kaleta on Sunday (Kaleta was suspended for five games) is out tonight with what is suspected to be a back injury.
Micheal Haley, the former Islanders goon, has been called up from Connecticut (AHL) for what is expected to be a typically rough game against the Flyers. As Pat Leonard noted earlier, in that infamous Islanders-Penguins brawl, Haley initially fought Max Talbot, who not only is now with the Flyers, but who also injured Rangers captain Ryan Callahan’s shoulder in a tussle last time the teams met.
With Zac Rinaldo in the Flyers’ lineup, I imagine we’re in for a sideshow tonight. And I predict that if the sideshow materializes and the Rangers win, Haley will become a cult hero very quickly here. But this is exactly why they signed him, right? And there’s probably a need for this type of player given the recent Max Pacioretty and Kaleta incidents.
Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal.
Don’t forget to vote for the Three Rangers Stars at the end of the game (and that J.T. Miller is not Ryan Miller or any other Miller on any opposing team like somebody did Sunday) and to follow me on Tweetland: @RangersReport.
Also, “other job” stuff looks like it’s going to be preventing a Live Chat this week, again. Sorry.
Next week, during the road trip, I’d say we’ll definitely do at least one.