8:24PM: Clendening told the NY Post that he understands that changes aren't usually made when a team is playing well and that "knock on wood" everyone has been healthy.
Alain Vigneault said that he has not made up his mind about the six players the Rangers will use on defense Friday night against the Wild.
Adam Clendening skated with a power play unit as well as Brady Skjei and Nick Holden at practice, but Vigneault said that he will make up his mind after watching the Wild play Thursday night.
Vigneault said that Holden will play Thursday but that there might be some other players who could sit out if Clendening were to come in.
Asked about Clendening, Vigneault said that he wants to play and is working hard, but that he just needs to stay ready so that when he is asked to play he can "perform well."
Clendening last played on Dec. 13 against Chicago, putting two shots on goal and in 11:15 played. The Rangers did not get a PP opportunity in the game.
Minnesota allows the fewest goals per game and have the fifth best penalty kill in the league.
Adam Rotter: To me it makes sense to play Clendening, rest Kevin Klein and see if Clendening can get the PP to work. Klein has averaged 16:07 in the past four games, the lowest of any of the Rangers' defensemen and has struggled overall for most of the season. The Rangers need to run with Clendening for a few games and see what he really has. On paper, Klein is a better option but he hasn't been as good lately and should take Thursday and this break to rest or whatever and come back better for the second half of the year.