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Practice Notebook: Stalberg Skates On Own

by Jim Cerny / New York Rangers

After a day off Monday the Rangers returned to practice Tuesday morning at the MSG Training Center, though without two of their regular forwards. Derek Stepan did not practice due to personal reasons unrelated to his health, while Viktor Stalberg missed the practice because of a head injury suffered in Saturday's game down in Philadelphia.

Stalberg, who also did not play in Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames, was able to skate on his own following practice Tuesday; and the team lists him as "day to day". Stalberg was hurt on a high, unpenalized hit from Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas and was knocked out of Saturday's contest in the second period.

So far in his first season on Broadway Stalberg has scored one goal and totaled four points in nine games played. Emerson Etem took Stalberg's spot in the lineup on Sunday and skated in his place with Dominic Moore and Jarret Stoll in practice.

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With only one game this week--Friday at home against the Maple Leafs--the Rangers practiced for a longer time on Tuesday, and concluded the on-ice workout with a conditioning skate and sprints.

"It doesn't happen very often during the course of the year," associate coach Scott Arniel said of the break in the schedule. "You know down the road you'll pay for it with a busy schedule, so we are trying to use this time wisely."

The Rangers practiced three-on-three for an extended period Tuesday. The team has yet to score in a pair of three-on-three overtimes so far this season.

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New York Mets World Series hats and tee-shirts were placed in each player's locker at the MSG Training Center Tuesday, gifts from the National League champions to their Rangers brethren. A pair of Europeans--Mats Zuccarello and Antti Raanta--were among the first to wear their new swag, while California native Emerson Etem said it would be hard to do so since the Mets earlier had eliminated his Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. Etem did add, though, that he's very curious to see how New York will react if the Mets should win the World Series, which begins tonight in Kansas City, and would love to be a part of a championship city.

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