Rangers’ Ryan Reaves activated off injured reserve

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CALGARY, Alberta — Ryan Reaves was activated off injured reserve ahead of the Rangers’ 6-0 loss to the Flames on Saturday night at Scotiabank Saddledome. The veteran winger, who was on the ice for 14 minutes Saturday, had been out since he suffered an undisclosed lower-body injury the last time the Rangers faced Calgary.

In a subsequent roster move, forward Greg McKegg was sent back to AHL Hartford after competing in eight of the Rangers’ past nine games.

Prior to Reeves’ injury, during the first period of a 5-1 loss to the Flames on Oct. 25 at the Garden, he had anchored the Rangers’ fourth line and brought some much-needed physicality to the lineup. The 34-year-old is still looking for his first point as a Ranger.


Ryan Reaves
Ryan Reaves
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The Rangers’ penalty kill, entering Saturday, had given up seven power-play goals in the 38 shorthanded stretches they’ve faced so far this season, for an 81.6 kill percentage.

After an impressive showing against the Canucks on Tuesday, when they killed all six of Vancouver’s man-advantage chances, the Rangers struggled to handle a scorching Oilers power play in a 6-5 overtime loss Friday in Edmonton.

“We had some good stretches on the PK, but at the end of the day, let up two on the PK,” defenseman Jacob Trouba said. “It’s not a good night. We knew they were a powerful [power play] … and we want to do better than we did, for sure.”

The Rangers are hovering around the middle among NHL teams with a 0.64 power-play goals allowed per game average, but is just outside of the top-10 for the most shorthanded minutes per game at 5:40.


Rookie defenseman Nils Lundkvist played for the first time since Oct. 29 on Friday against the Oilers, but he was scratched Saturday vs. the Flames. Friday he replaced Jarred Tinordi on the third defensive pairing alongside Patrik Nemeth. Lundkvist logged 12:29 and recorded an assist on Filip Chytil’s goal in the first period.

Asked to compare playing with Lundkvist versus playing with Tinordi, Nemeth said he doesn’t want it to feel that much different.

“To be honest, it’s really not that big of a difference,” the Swedish defenseman said. “They’re both good players, they’re strength are probably in different areas of the game. Tinner is a really big, strong, solid defender that likes to make the simple plays. Nils is a bit of a more up the ice type of player, good skater, good vision.

“So they’re a little bit different, but to be honest, I haven’t really noticed a huge difference between playing with the two. They’re both really good.”

The Rangers’ second defensive pairing of Trouba and K’Andre Miller owned a relatively high expected-goals-against number at 5.02 heading into Saturday, according to Natural Stat Trick.


Two of the Oilers’ three five-on-five goals Friday, which tied the game each time, came with Trouba and Miller on the ice. On those two tallies, Miller either was caught out of position or doubled up on a defensive assignment and left an opponent wide open.


The Rangers were one of three NHL teams to have four players (Adam Fox, Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad) who had 10 or more points so far this season entering Saturday. … The Rangers return to New York for a quick turnaround game against the Panthers on Monday at the Garden.

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