Pavel Buchnevich will be a healthy scratch Thursday night against the Islanders for the first time this season.
In the 14 games since Buchnevich returned, he has two goals, five assists, a minus-1 rating, 15 shots on goal and an average of 12:19 per game.
In the past six games, Buchnevich has one assist, a plus-1 rating, five shots on goal and an average of 9:16 per game.
Alain Vigneault said that Monday against Columbus, Buchnevich was "so-so" but played better after being moved to the fourth line with Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast.
Vigneault said that Buchnevich was looking nervous with the puck against Columbus and that the Rangers need him to make plays with the puck.
He said that this is part of the process with a young player and the learning curve that comes with being a rookie.
Adam Rotter: When it comes to Buchnevich, right now, the question is where he plays. When he's in the lineup there is no obvious spot for him to take in the top-nine right now. With the Rangers depth this season it was always going to be a case of either Buchnevich or Jimmy Vesey being on the fourth line if any of Michael Grabner, Lindberg, Brandon Pirri or Fast played a big role offensively. The pick at the time would have been Pirri filling that role but Grabner has most definitely earned a top-nine spot this year and both Buchnevich and Vesey have been on the fourth line because of it. This is a process and Buchnevich will get back in but might have to play on the fourth line, with some PP time, if the players in the top nine are producing. Buchnevich is a big part of the Rangers future but they are in the present right now and need to go with what is working.