THE MORNING SKATE — On Rangers Tomorrow, Visnovsky, Niederreiter

Kevin Schultz

The Rangers come to town tomorrow and they’ll be without Marc Staal, who took a horrific shot to the eye thanks to a deflected puck last night (video here, but be warned it’s not fun to watch) at the Garden. The Rangers went on to win, it was their third in a row, but the talk this morning is about Staal and his eye. Deadspin wonders if the NHL will mandate visors before it’s too late, but it’s already too late if you remember Bryan Berard, who had his career derailed due to a similar instance.

But the truth is that the grandfathering in of visors is something that is coming. It’s just a matter of time until the NHLPA agrees to it. What it takes to get them to agree to it; probably a gruesome on-ice incident. Is the shot to Staal’s face enough? We’ll see.

The Rangers have also called up Michael Haley and that resulted in Scott Hartnell taking a swipe at Haley on the Rangers’ bench last night. Should be interesting tomorrow.

VISNOVSKY’S FRIEND LOSES SON
With all the talk about family regarding Lubomir Visnovsky earlier in the year — he stayed in Slovakia to attend to his son — that’s the reason he returned to Slovakia earlier in the week:

According to reports out of Bratislava, Visnovsky’s close friend lost his 13-year-old son in a helicopter crash over the weekend. The two families are extremely tight-knit.

Our thoughts and prayers to all involved.

NIEDERRIETER COOLING OFF
Nino Niederreiter has had an excellent season in the AHL but recently he hasn’t been producing quite so much. After a hot start to the year, 36 points in 37 games, Niederreiter has cooled significantly scoring only four points in his last 17 games. Coach Scott Pellerin tells the CT Post:

“He’s (had) shifts where I kind of jump out of my seat, like, `wow,'” Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said.

“At times, there’s still so much to work on. It’s finding that consistency. Points are one thing. I just want consistency. If you do that, you’re going to get rewarded.”

The Sound Tigers are in Manchester tonight.

ALSO: Commenters should love this: Justin Bourne calls Garth Snow a (honorable mention) Top 5 GM in the NHL