Rangers Roundup: Adam Fox close, Jacob Trouba says ‘my bad’ on high-stick, and more

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers
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The New York Rangers had a quick morning skate as they prepare to host the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night at the Garden.

No lineup changes are imminent with goalie Igor Shesterkin set to start in goal. While Filip Chytil continues to skate on his own, Adam Fox was a full participant and is expected to return on Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings. That is also his first day of eligibility to come off LTIR.

“He continues to get better,” coach Peter Laviolette updated. “It’s nice to have him out there and competing without restrictions. He looked good.”

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Adam Fox close to return

The Blueshirts star defenseman was injured in a November 2nd win over the Carolina Hurricanes on an unpenalized interference play by forward Sebastian Aho. Fox played another shift before leaving late in the first period with a lower-body injury. The team decided to place him on LTIR soon thereafter.

Fox, 25, has registered 3 goals and 8 assists for 11 points in 10 games this season. His return will drop Erik Gustafsson back to the third pair with Braden Schneider. While Fox was out, the 31 year-old veteran held down the fort, scoring 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 9 games.

Jacob Trouba says “my bad”

NHL: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
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On Sunday, the NHL Department of Player Safety has finedRangers‘ captain Jacob Trouba $5000 for a high-sticking incident against Boston Bruins’ forward Trent Frederic. The play occurred at the 17:40 mark of the second period, when Trouba tried to pull away from Frederic, who was holding Trouba’s stick, contributing to the contact off of Frederic’s helmet.

“I mean, it was obviously 100 percent accidental,” Trouba said, per NY Post’s Larry Brooks. “At the time, I was kind of shocked that it happened. I think Frederic was a little surprised too. He was like, ‘Actually that just happened?’ And I was like, ‘Sorry, my bad.’”

Trouba went on to say that he should be more responsible with his stick and the fine was deserved. This season, the 29 year-old has posted 1 goal and 7 assists in 19 games with a +9 rating. In Sunday’s game against Boston, he picked up an assist on Chris Kreider’s shorthanded goal and finished the day with a +4 rating.

Rangers Notes

The Rangers come into action tonight with the most win in the NHL at 15. They sit atop the standings thanks to their 31 points and .816 points percentage.

New York has also picked up points in 14 of their last 15 contests going 13-1-1. Most of this is being done on the road ad the team’s 7 home games (6-1-0) to date is tied for fewest in the league.

Chris Krieder is 1 power play goal away from 100 for his career and 2 goals shy of tying Adam Graves (280) for third most goals in Rangers history.

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