It appears as if Vitali Kravtsov will be a healthy scratch for the sixth straight game on Monday,
when the rampaging, division-leading, 18-4-0 Devils come to the Garden in an attempt
to widen the gap between themselves and the 10-8-4 Rangers to what could be a staggering 14 points.
“I like my lineup, to be honest with you,” head coach Gerard Gallant said when asked why Kravtsov would not play.
“I like the kid, [but] right now, he’s our extra forward.
“I’m happy with our lineup. The fourth line has played really well for us.
So who am I going to take out to put him in when he’s played six games this year and he’s been hurt and he’s had [oral] surgery?
“He’s going to get in; we like him, but it’s got to be the right time and the right place. We’ll see what happens.”
Gallant’s reticence to go with Kravtsov in games with outsized November importance with the winger
having played just two games this month and just 52:28 of ice time on the season is understandable.
But that is why the Rangers need to get him into games and, essentially, into the season.
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