On the same day that 34-year-old forward Ryan Malone cleared waivers, he will be in the lineup for the New York Rangers. That might not be ideal, but the Rangers have been forced to make an adjustment because Mats Zuccarello is out due to an undisclosed injury.
Zuccarello was likely hurt during the second period of Saturday’s game. He stayed in that contest, but he skipped the team’s optional skate on Sunday and wasn’t able to participate in Monday’s practice, per the Bergen Record. He was a game-time decision at that point, but he didn’t participate in the team’s pregame warmups.
With Zuccarello out of the lineup, Martin St. Louis is expected to play alongside Derick Brassard and Rick Nash. Malone is projected to skate on the fourth line with Tanner Glass and Chris Mueller, per the Record’s Andrew Gross.
The Rangers are playing against the St. Louis Blues tonight in their second and final contest of the season series. The Rangers earned a 3-2 win against them on Oct. 9.