In the first five games after Marc Staal was injured, Stralman played 18:30 and 21:45.
In the last four games though, Stralman has played 13:38, 16:24, 15:19 and 16:16.
When asked before Thursday's game about Stralman, John Tortorella said that he wants to see Stralman accept the challenge of more responsibility like he has done in the past. Tortorella thought that he was struggling with that lately and the Rangers coach wants him to be an important part of the lineup with Staal out, saying "we need him terribly."
Asked about his time with the Rangers, Stralman told Ranger Rants earlier this week "I love it here. It’s a great team, great teammates, the coaching staff is helping me a lot and developing me as a player.”