The Rangers have five games remaining in the regular season:
- Pittsburgh on 3/31
- Philly on 4/2
- Washington on 4/5
- Ottawa on 4/8
- Pittsburgh on 4/9
Alain Vigneault was asked earlier in the week that he might take some of the remaining games to get players who have been sitting, into the lineup so they can get "game situations" before the playoffs.
He was asked about resting players and said that "rest" was a big word and that he isn't a fan of sitting players and wants his team to gather momentum and tempo heading into the playoffs.
Vigneault did say that guys who may have been playing through nagging injuries could get "some downtime" but overall he said "I'm not a big fan of resting guys."
Up front, Brandon Pirri hasn't played in the last 9 games and Matt Puempel played for the first time, on Tuesday, in 8 games.
On defense, Adam Clendening & Steven Kampfer haven't played in the past three games.
Nick Holden, Mats Zuccarello, JT Miller and Derek Stepan are the only Rangers to play in all 77 games this season.
Ryan McDonagh, Brady Skjei and Jimmy Vesey have all played in 76 games.
Adam Rotter: I'd sit Nick Holden for a game or two, Zuccarello for a game and maybe Ryan McDonagh for a game as well. The schedule is nicely spread out but Zuccarello has been playing hockey since the summer, Holden's game has slipped and McDonagh does everything and all three have earned at least one game off, even though they probably wouldn't want to take it.
It's possible that the Rangers go with their regular lineup until one of the final two games of the year and play their roster in one part of the back to back and then go with more of a reserve/skeleton crew in the other game.