Here’s my unedited story from lohud.com:
By Rick Carpiniello
For a team that, half a day earlier had opened its 2014-15 season with a strong win against a very good team in St. Louis, the Rangers sure had a lot going on in Columbus Friday.
In the third period of that 3-2 victory, the Rangers lost Dan Boyle for four to six weeks with a broken hand. That’s a major problem because Boyle, a righty-shooting defenseman, was not only potentially the best power-play quarterback they’d had in years, but because they really don’t have another one.
So in practice to prep for Saturday’s game in Columbus, coach Alain Vigneault tried Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Martin St. Louis on the power-play point in Boyle’s spot. Forward Lee Stempniak also has played there in his career, during the preseason and Thursday night against the Blues.
Cam Talbot will start in goal against the Blue Jackets, meaning Henrik Lundqvist gets the home opener against Toronto Sunday at the Garden.
The Rangers did get good news on Jesper Fast’s hand, which he injured blocking a shot. Fast said he’s OK and he will play Saturday. But Tanner Glass is questionable with tightness in his back.
If Glass can’t play, Vigneault said that rookie Kevin Hayes will make his NHL debut, probably in the middle, with J.T. Miller moving over to the wing after a terrible night at the faceoff dot. Vigneault said that Ryan Malone will be scratched again.
The Rangers made two roster moves Friday. They recalled defenseman Michael Kostka from Hartford (AHL), though Kostka, a right-hander, is not expected to play Saturday. Instead, Matt Hunwick, a lefty who has played both sides and made the team over Kostka during preseason, gets the nod. He is expected to play on the right with John Moore on the third pair, while Kevin Klein slides up to the second pair with Marc Staal, in Boyle’s spot.
The Rangers also unconditionally waived center Matt Lombardi, who refused his assignment to Hartford and will be released when he clears waivers Saturday. He is expected to return to Switzerland, where he played last season. The release will put the Rangers under the max 50 contracts again, but it has no bearing on the salary cap since he had been demoted to Hartford at the end of camp.
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