With Dan Girardi out of the lineup tonight Adam Clendening will play and will be paired up with Marc Staal.
Clendening has sat the past four games as a healthy scratch after playing in 9 consecutive game while Marc Staal was injured.
Clendening said on Thursday that his focus is on continuing to play like he did a few weeks ago and to "move the puck quickly, be responsible and see if I can help create some offense." (NYR)
He said that it plays to his strengths to move the puck quickly and to make a good first pass out of the zone. (NYR)
Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that he doesn't think Girardi will be out for very long.
Adam Rotter: This may not be a long audition for Clendening but he has to take every opportunity he gets to show the Rangers that he is their best option for a depth defenseman. He possesses all the abilities of someone who would play well in this Rangers system and talking about moving the puck quickly, being responsible and making a good first pass are all the things that Alain Vigneault preaches.