Brendan Lemieux wants to go back, but Rangers coach David Quinn would not say whether the feisty winger will play the Blue Jackets for the first time in Sunday's game in 2020.
Lemieux had to pause after breaking his left hand on December 27 when he blocked a shot against the hurricanes. After training on Saturday in Tarrytown, however, he declared himself "fully operational".
"I would like to play. I am not sure what we are going to do, but I feel great," said Lemiuex. "I feel in better shape than if I had been injured. So there are definitely some positive aspects that I can get out of this injury. I am a real champion and very excited to be out there again. "
Quinn replied, "We'll see," but said that the strong game in his third row by Brett Howden, Filip Chytil and Kappo Kakko will be a "good dilemma" every time Lemieux returns.
"These three boys are playing well. It was a good line, there is good chemistry there, ”said Quinn. "It's going to have a good problem."
Artemi Panarin left training early on with what Quinn called "a small top," although he added that the Rangers' top scorer will play against Columbus, his former team.
Quinn on Sunday after two emotional victories against the islanders: "In many ways it's bigger than anything we've done so far. This game is as big as any, if not bigger, since we're in season This team is six points ahead of us [56-50], We have two games on hand and it's a four point game. There are currently many teams in this league playing playoff hockey based on the rating and schedule, and we are one of them. "
Ryan Lindgren was fined $ 2,486.56, the maximum allowable under the NHL Player Safety agreement to intervene against islanders' striker Jordan Eberle in Thursday's victory in the Coliseum.
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