Rangers’ Tyler Pitlick a healthy scratch in loss to Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Peter Laviolette said Tyler Pitlick is fully cleared to play after he missed six games with a lower-body injury, but Rangers head coach He said he used the same lineup against the Golden Knights. .

Pitlick was injured for the second consecutive game and may face a difficult path back into the Rangers' lineup.

If the Blueshirts continue to turn things around by adding Johnny Brodzinski to the lineup after a 2-5-1 stretch, more injuries up front may be needed for Pitlick to return. .

But if Thursday's 5-1 loss in Las Vegas signals the start of another losing streak, Laviolette may elect to make a change.

“He has a decent skill level,” Laviolette said of Brodzinski, who has played in 24 consecutive games. “He brings speed. If you go back and look at the goals they scored, [versus Seattle on Tuesday], that happens because he was able to outscore someone on the forecheck, come up with possessions, and turn things around. He gets into O-zone play and puck movement.

Tyler Pitlick did not play in the Rangers' 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights due to an injury. NHLI (via Getty Images)

“For me, it's the speed he brings. He has great skill, but he can also skate and get things done with that speed.”

Picked from the bottom six this offseason, Pitlick has one goal and two assists through 28 games. Pitlick started eight of the first 10 games of the season before being thrust into a full-time role due to Filip Sztil's injury.

Johnny Brodzinski
Johnny Brodzinski did not score in the Rangers' loss to the Golden Knights. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

Brodzinski was the first recalled from AHL Hartford when Kaapo Kakko was placed on long-term injured reserve. He got off to a strong start with one goal and five assists in his first seven games, but has only recorded three more assists since then.

After the team scored a key 3-1 in the second period of the Rangers' 5-2 win over the Kraken on Tuesday, Brodzinski made the decision for the second straight game between Will Quill and Blake Wheeler. I decided to center the line.

The Golden Knights defeated the Rangers 1-3-1, taking a 2-0 lead. Nicolas Roy skated around Jacob Trouba and set up Ivan Barbashev at the far post at the 14:48 mark of the second period.

The puck came off his skates, prompting Toronto to reconsider, which was ultimately upheld.

Ryan Lindgren skated in his 300th NHL game Thursday night.

The Rangers are scheduled to take off on Friday and face the Kings on Saturday night.