Alain Vigneault said Monday that Adam Clendening will likely return to the lineup for the Rangers' busier upcoming schedule.
Clendening last game was on Oct. 22 against the Capitals where he lasted 11:55 and had picked up an assist.
He has played five games for the Rangers this season with one assist, a plus-three rating, four shots on goal and an average of 16:48 per game.
When on the ice at 5-on-5 this season, the Rangers have had 73 shot attempts for and 37 against with four goals for and one against. (Natural Stat Trick)
Vigneault said that Jeff Gorton told Clendening to stay ready and "there is without a doubt that we will need him in the next little while and that he will be ready for us."
Ryan McDonagh described Clendening as a "real good puck mover," someone who has his head up all the time and makes quick passes out of the zone. (NYR)
Adam Rotter: I like Clendening but he got bounced out of the lineup when all of the defensemen returned to health. He's had a pretty good start to the year and his advanced metrics are pretty good, but he's the Rangers 7th defenseman and the six in front of him have been playing pretty well. Clendening was also brought in to be a part of the PP and I think that the strong play of the PP so far, among other factors, have made it easier to keep him scratched. If the PP was struggling I think it's possible Clendening would have gotten in sooner.