Skjei and Haley are healthy scratches


In about half an hour, the Rangers will face-off versus the Hurricanes in Raleigh. There are more lineup changes from David Quinn.

Finally, Brady Skjei will be a healthy scratch. He has been up and down in the first 13 games. Ryan Lindgren will dress in his place. With Marc Staal returning and having a steady game last night while paired up with Adam Fox, Skjei became the odd man out due to his inconsistency. We’ll see how he responds to being up in the press box.

Also as expected, Micheal Haley comes out of the lineup for Lias Andersson. Haley took an ill advised tripping minor penalty on Wednesday night against the Red Wings. Even though Greg McKegg scored a shorthanded goal, it makes sense to have Haley sit out. He’s not an everyday player.

The bottom line is Andersson should play. Even if it’s in a fourth line role due to the organization’s preference on Brett Howden as the third center, the 2017 seventh overall pick isn’t gonna learn anything by sitting out. I don’t know what he can do to improve while playing eight to nine minutes with fourth liners. But we’ll see.

In net, it’s Henrik Lundqvist for a second consecutive game. His first set of back-to-back starts in over a year. He will oppose Canes starter Petr Mrazek, who’s been almost unbeatable at home. It should be interesting to see what happens.

That’s all for now. I’ll have a game review later.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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