BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- When the Rangers skate against the Islanders in the unfamiliar setting that is the Barclays Center tonight, they will have a familiar face returning to their lineup.
Rugged winger Tanner Glass was recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack this morning when the team found out that forward Emerson Etem was not feeling well enough to play. Glass, who played in 66 games with the Rangers a year ago, appeared in two games earlier this season before being sent to the minor leagues in mid-October. In 17 games with Hartford Glass scored two goals, added three assists, and totaled five points to go along with 23 penalty minutes.
"Yesterday Emerson didn't practice, he wasn't feeling well, and he didn't turn the corner so we needed another forward and we thought that today's game Glass would be a good fit," Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault explained following the team's optional morning skate in Brooklyn. "He's been playing well in Hartford, so we decided to call him up."
Vigneault added that he would see how the next couple of games go--the Rangers host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday at Madison Square Garden--and then would meet with management on Friday to decide on the team's roster before heading out on a three-game trek through Western Canada early next week.
Glass, who has 560 career penalty minutes in 445 games, brings a physical element to the Rangers fourth line, which is a major plus when considering the Islanders boast one of the most tenacious, hard-working physical fourth lines in the league--with Matt Martin, Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas.
"The Islanders have a physical team and play a hard game, and Glass helps us in that area," offered Vigneault. "In looking at our different options, and we had different options, with the way Glass was playing this was the right thing to do."
Vigneault is looking for a gritty effort from his entire team this evening, not just relying on Glass to provide that element.
"We know them well, they play up and down and they do play the body, so we're going to have to take some hits to make some plays, and when we get an opportunity ourselves to take the body we're going to have to do the same thing," stated the head coach.
Glass will skate on right wing with Jarret Stoll at center and Dominic Moore on the left. In two games earlier this year with the Rangers Glass was scoreless, but recorded 11 hits, and had four penalty minutes.