The Rangers are heading into New Jersey for a big rivalry game down a pair of regular d-men, as both Marc Staal and captain Ryan McDonagh will sit out tonight’s affair.
McDonagh was already ruled out, still feeling the effects of a Leo Komarov elbow.
Staal’s injury — not believed to be serious — was only announced recently, which does explain why the Blueshirts recalled blueline prospect Brady Skjei from AHL Hartford earlier today.
As a result, Keith Yandle will skate with Dan Girardi on a d-man pairing tonight, while Dylan McIlrath will go with Dan Boyle. Skjei will play alongside Kevin Klein.