Kane, Meier debuts on hold following trades
Patrick Kane and Timo Meier were the two biggest names available in the trade market and both have found new homes in the Eastern Conference with the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. Both teams have solidified themselves as Stanley Cup contenders, however, neither player will suit up on Wednesday.
Kane to debut Thursday at MSG versus Senators
On Tuesday night, the Rangers confirmed that Kane will be held out of the lineup until Thursday when they host the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. On Wednesday, head coach Girard Gallant confirmed that Kane will play on a line with Artemi Panarin and Vincent Trocheck at five-on-five and joked that “any fool can put those lines together”.
Kane won the Hart Trophy in 2015-16 after putting up 46 goals and 106 points playing on a line with Panarin, who won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie. The Rangers currently have the fifth best Stanley Cup odds at +1100.
Note: Igor Shesterkin will start for the Rangers on Wednesday in Philadelphia but it’s worth noting that he started in back-to-back games on two separate occasions this season including the last two games on Feb. 25th and 26th.
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Meier remains out with injury, hasn’t been cleared for contact
Timo Meier, who hadn’t played or practiced with since Feb. 18th, practiced with his new team on Tuesday but he was sporting a non-contact jersey because he is still recovering from injury. Head coach Lindy Ruff confirmed that Meier will not play on Wednesday stating that "he can't do a lot until he gets through his tests but just trying to get through the steps. Testing, protocol he must follow. Getting cleared for contact, that should come in the next day or two." The Devils kick off a three-game road trip in Colorado on Wednesday. They are currently have the seventh best Stanley Cup odds at +1300.
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