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Nieves to Miss Sunday's Game Against Vancouver

Desharnais returns to lineup in Boo's spot

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

Boo Nieves will not play Sunday afternoon when the Rangers host the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden.

The rookie center left Friday's game against the Red Wings after the first period with a hip pointer he suffered on a hit from Niklas Kronwall, and despite feeling better Saturday, he'll be given an extra day to heal.

"I haven't talked to our medical staff yet, but obviously came in this morning feeling better than he was yesterday," coach Alain Vigneault said. "He was able to skate. He's not going to play tomorrow. I'm not sure what the percentage is there, but at least it's what we thought yesterday. It's just a day-to-day thing."

Nieves said his hip was sore and admitted he'd have some limitations in terms of skating, but that at this point in the season, "everybody's got bumps and bruises."

Nieves said he suffered a similar injury during his time at the University of Michigan, but not to the extent of this one.

Vigneault said David Desharnais will replace Nieves on the line with Jimmy Vesey and Paul Carey. Vigneault praised his fourth line's recent stretch and that he expects that to continue with the return of Desharnais.

"That line's been effective," Vigneault said. "Both Jimmy and Paul have been playing some pretty good hockey for us. David's been out here for a couple of games and I'm sure he's anxious to get back in the lineup and play well and that's what he'll do for us tomorrow."

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