Anton Stralman was absent from practice this morning as he was given a maintenance day after getting nicked up from blocking a shot during yesterday's 1-0 loss to the Sharks.
Raphael Diaz took his place alongside Marc Staal.
…wouldn't be a bad time for the Rangers to give Stralman a night off after struggling mightily since the Olympic break. I thought he was better yesterday especially on offense where he was looking to shoot, but his pairing with Staal has been a weakness and some new blood in the lineup could give the team a lift.
…plus the Rangers could use the injury as an excuse to save face for Stralman.
Alain Vigneault noted after practice that he hasn't made a decision on the line-up yet.
Meanwhile, Ryan Haggerty also joined the Rangers at practice for the first time since signing a contract with the team last week.
Alain Vigneault told Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record that there's no immediate plan/expectations for Haggerty other than getting him skating wi...