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Morning Skate: Grabner On the Ice in Tampa

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

TAMPA, FL. --- Forward Michael Grabner skated this morning but will not play as he continues to nurse a hip and oblique injury he suffered last week in practice.

"It felt worse the next day," Grabner told reporters Monday following the team's morning skate at Amalie Arena before tonight's tilt with the Lightning. "I don't really want to risk it and get more hurt."

"It I can't really shoot the puck or anything, I don't know what I'm doing out there," added Grabner, who will miss his third game.

Grabner said he hopes the injury will feel well enough later today and into tomorrow that he can continue to skate during the trip.

Forward Matt Puempel and defenseman Adam Clendening took part in today's skate along with both goaltenders. Antti Raanta, though, was the first goaltender off the ice and is expected to get the start.

The Rangers on Sunday recalled forward Tanner Glass and defenseman Steven Kampfer. Both traveled with the team to Florida and could be in the lineup this evening.

"Tanner has been playing hard, he's been playing well there," coach Alain Vigneault said Sunday. "We saw [Kampfer] here last [week], so it's given us the coaches here right now a few more players to make some decisions and that's what we're going to do."

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