2:49PM: Girardi spoke with the media this morning and said (NYR):
- On the skate this morning, "obviously get a couple of more reps, only 4 guys out there so a lot of shots and a lot of skating and it was nice to get out there and do that."
- On when it first happened, "I knew it would be sore the next day but it got pretty big and the next day I couldn't even really get my foot in my skate and that was a no-go. I tried to put it in the next day at practice and couldn't really walk, so that was a no-go. I skated Saturday morning a bit which wasn't too great but practice yesterday with the team was better and today it felt fine. I wanted to take some time and let it heal properly and I'm ready to go now."
- Is there extra protection, "I'll probably but something down there just to be safe but you can't really be thinking about it there. You just gotta play and if it gets hit again it gets hit again."
- Did you have to be convinced to sit out, "The convincing was that my skate wouldn't go on. Your feet is a big part of the game, all the other stuff you can battle through but skating is a big part and if you can't skate you can't play."
12:06PM: Girardi said that he is good to go and that the swelling around his foot has gone down. (Zipay)
Girardi practiced in full on Sunday and noted that his feet are pretty important part of his game. (NY Post)
He said that after blocking that shot last Tuesday he was unknowingly leaving bloody footprints behind in the locker room. (NY Post)
11:56AM: Brandon Pirri, Matt Puempel, Adam Clendening, Dan Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist were on the ice this morning at the Rangers morning skate. (Zipay)
The morning skate was scheduled to only feature the players who are not playing tonight.
Girardi, who has missed the past two games, went off the ice early and could return to the lineup tonight. (Zipay)
It's expected that Antti Raanta may start tonight against Columbus.