NEW YORK -- New York Rangers center Brad Richards will return to the lineup Friday after missing two games with back and neck stiffness stemming from a hit by Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta on Sunday.
Richards returned to that game but had yet to practice since the hit that earned Kaleta a five-game suspension.
Richards tried to participate in the Rangers' morning skate Tuesday, but left the ice immediately. Rangers coach John Tortorella said Richards skated Friday afternoon to test his injuries and felt good enough to play.
The Rangers face the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. ET.