Updates from Saturday, May 24
Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports et Journal de Montréal provides comments from Michel Therrien, who spoke about Derick Brassard's injury:
#canadiens Michel Therrien in french:"we expect Derick Brassard to play and we know exactly where he's injured. Hockey is a small world."— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) May 24, 2014
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News has the latest news on Brassard:
Practice lines Hag-Rich-MSL, Fast-DMoore-Nash, Pouliot-Brassard-Zucc, Miller-Boyle-Dorsett. McD-Girardi, Staal-Stral, JMoore-Klein. Hank— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) May 24, 2014
Larry Brooks of The New York Post provides good news regarding his status for Game 4:
Brassard: "I'm playing tomorrow."— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) May 24, 2014
Dan Rosen of NHL.com provided more detail regarding the center:
Brassard said he will have no limitations. He said Stepan's injury has nothing to do with why he will play. He called it a coincidence.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) May 24, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 22
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News provides an update on Derick Brassard's status:
No Brassard on ice for warmups.— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) May 22, 2014
Speaking with French reporters, Vigneault said he did not think Brassard would play against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 2-0.
"I would say right now I think no," Vigneault said in French when asked about Brassard's status for Game 3.
Updates from Wednesday, May 21
Derick Brassard is working his way back toward the Rangers' lineup for Game 3 vs. Montreal (via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News):
Derick Brassard once again is on ice for Rangers at MSG. Vigneault made it seem yesterday as if he expected him to return in Game 3 2moro— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) May 21, 2014
Brassard later spoke about his health and return to the Rangers (via the Rangers and Andrew Gross of The Record):
"I feel better, made it all the way through the entire practice, so that's a good sign"-Derick Brassard #NYRPlayoffs— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 21, 2014
Brassard didn't want to get in trouble by slipping and announcing his Game 3 status so he essentially no commented everything with a smile— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) May 21, 2014
The New York Rangers will be without center Derick Brassard for their Game 2 matchup against the Montreal Canadiens, the team announced Monday night.
After exiting Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals with what appeared to be an upper-body injury, the Rangers tweeted that he would not play in Game 2:
Brassard was on the receiving end of a vicious open-ice hit from Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver in the first period of Game 1. The hit forced Brassard to the bench and kept him out for the rest of the game.
"He came on my blindside," Brassard told Katie Strang from ESPNNewYork.com, "but it's the playoffs and I need to be aware of being hit."
In 15 games this postseason, Brassard has scored four goals and added three assists. Daniel Carcillo, who has two goals in six games in the playoffs, will replace Brassard.
After winning the first game of the series 7-2, the Rangers will be hoping that they can take a 2-0 series lead before heading to New York, and they'll also be hoping Brassard can be back for Game 3.