Libor Hajek returns, Marc Staal out with upper-body injury

7:28PM: David Quinn spoke before the game and said (NYR):

  • On the lineup, “Staal is out tonight. Libor is in.”
  • On Hajek returning, “I feel great about it. (Smile) He’s looked unbelievable, best I’ve ever seen him look.”
  • On Staal’s injury, “short-term.”
  • On Hajek’s game before the injury, “I liked his game. He’s a guy that skates well, when he’s on his game he gets us out of our end, closes the gap, defends well. We are confident in him.”
  • Is he ready to play, “he’s ready to play. I thought after his first full practice he was ready.”
  • Is Libor with DeAngelo, “yes.”
  • On the forwards, “Haley is in, Fogarty is out.”

6:41PM: Libor Hajek returns to the Rangers lineup against St. Louis. (NYR)

Hajek has missed the past 16 game with a knee sprain.





Marc Staal is out with an upper body injury. (NYR)

Michael Haley is in for Steven Fogarty. (NYR)

Ryan Lindgren, after missing the third period against the Devils, will play. (NYR)