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Keith Yandle | Defenseman

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/9/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
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Rangers coach Alain Vigneault essentially confirmed that Keith Yandle will be available for Game 1 on Thursday.
Yandle has missed a lot of practices recently, but he was able to skate on Wednesday. "He looked pretty good today for practice. He'll skate tomorrow and I'm sure he'll be fine," Vigneault said when asked if Yandle was dealing with anything that might prevent him from playing in Game 1. Yandle also said he felt good to go. The reason for Yandle's absence, as you might expect during the playoffs, was somewhat mysterious. An illness and "overall body soreness" were cited as the cause at different times, but he might be playing through an injury he sustained in Game 2 of the first round as a result of a hard hit by Blake Comeau. Yandle hasn't missed a game yet in the 2015 playoffs despite skipping a number of practices. Apr 30 - 9:46 AM

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Keith Yandle was back on the ice for practice on Wednesday.

He skated with Kevin Klein during the session, as the Rangers had eight defensemen on the ice. Yandle is projected to be ready to play Thursday in Game 1 against Washington despite missing plenty of practices during the postseason. He has apparently been dealing with illnesses and some "overall body soreness."
Apr 29 - 1:42 PM

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault cited the "sniffles" as the reason for Keith Yandle's absence from practice on Tuesday.

Yandle hasn't taken part in a practice since he absorbed a hard hit from Blake Comeau in Game 2 of the first round. It wouldn't be surprising if he's hurt, but if that's the case then he's playing through it while averaging 18:24 minutes per contest. Vigneault predicted that Yandle would practice on Wednesday.
Apr 29 - 5:34 AM

Keith Yandle (soreness) missed his second straight practice on Tuesday.

Yandle has missed a lot of practices over the course of the playoffs, but for the most part they were attributed to a stomach virus he was playing through. More recently his absence has been blamed on "overall body soreness." He's still expected to participate in Game 1 of the second round series, but it seems safe to say that he's not 100%.
Apr 28 - 1:02 PM

Keith Yandle is dealing with "overall body soreness," but he's expected to be available when Round 2 starts.

He didn't take part in Monday's optional practice. Yandle posted two assists in five games against Pittsburgh in the first round of the postseason.
Apr 27 - 2:26 PM

Keith Yandle continues to play in games despite sitting out practice.

The Rangers say that Yandle has been dealing with an illness. If that's the case, he should be fine when the second round begins either Wednesday or Thursday.
Source: NY Post
Apr 25 - 8:19 AM

Keith Yandle played on Monday despite missing the morning skate due to a stomach ailment.

"I felt better," Yandle said after the contest. "During the game, adrenaline takes over and you're not really thinking about being sick." That being said, Yandle logged a series-low 15:49 minutes. He did record an assist though in the Rangers' 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Apr 21 - 11:28 AM

Keith Yandle led the NHL in games played this season with 84.

A full NHL schedule is 82 games but the Rangers had played two less games than Arizona when Yandle was dealt before the trade deadline. Yandle ended the season with six goals and 46 assists this season and should be one of the first defensemen taken in playoff pools.
Source: NY Post
Apr 12 - 8:27 AM

Keith Yandle had an assist in the Rangers' 4-2 win over New Jersey Tuesday night.

Yandle got off to a slow start with New York, but he's heated up with two goals and 10 points in his last 10 games. Overall, he has six goals and 52 points in 82 contests this season.
Apr 8 - 11:23 AM

Keith Yandle tallied a goal and an assist as the Rangers routed the Devils on Saturday night 6-1.

Thirteen players had points for the Rangers. Yandle scored his first goal at Madison Square Garden, and he got an assist on Rick Nash’s 42nd goal of the year. Yandle has nine points in 17 games with New York. Dominic Moore had two goals for the Rangers, while Derek Stepan (shorthanded goal, assist) and Derick Brassard got the others. Nash also added an assist and seven shots on net. Ryan McDonagh recorded two helpers as well.
Apr 4 - 10:32 PM

Keith Yandle had three assists in the Rangers' 7-2 victory over Anaheim.

Yandle had been limited to one point in nine contests with the New York Rangers prior to that game. He was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes on March 1. "The last week or so, it's getting more and more comfortable for me," Yandle said, referring to playing with the Rangers. "(I'm) finding my role and staying with it and helping the team win. Points, as long as you're winning, it doesn't really matter too much."
Mar 23 - 10:01 AM

Keith Yandle netted a goal for the Rangers on Saturday night in their 2-0 win over the Sabres.

The goal is Yandle’s first point in six games since being traded to New York. He also had six shots on net in 18:34. Yandle is among the best offensive-minded blueliners in the game, but even the best players take time to adjust to their new surroundings and teammates’ tendencies. On the year, he has five goals and 37 assists, so clearly his game is more about creating space and setting up offense. Martin St. Louis got the empty-net goal, and also assisted on Yandle’s marker. Chris Kreider picked up the other assist.
Mar 14 - 9:55 PM

Keith Yandle is adjusting to his new New York Ranger teammates.

Yandle was acquired a couple of weeks ago and while he has played alongside Kevin Klein so far, Klein is out of action for three-four weeks so Yandle will have to adjust again. "It’s a feeling-out process, getting used to the style of play and trying to learn where guys are on the ice, where they like the puck and where they want the puck," Yandle said. "It’s different coming into a situation where it’s such a good team. I’m trying to find my place and role on the team and trying to get comfortable with the situation after being in Phoenix for a while."
Source: NY Post
Mar 14 - 8:47 AM

Keith Yandle is starting to settle in with the New York Rangers and coach Alain Vigneault could not be happier.

Yandle was acquired eight days ago and is playing with Kevin Klein on the third unit, giving the Rangers a solid blueline. "I figured that adding Yandle to our group was going to make us a better group," Vigneault said. "I just think as a group, we’ve played some good hockey against two very good teams. I know having Keith there is helping our group, but I couldn’t be specific on the individual impact it has had." Yandle has yet to get a point in two games with the Rangers but had four goals and 41 points with Arizona before the deal.
Source: NY Post
Mar 8 - 9:07 AM

Defenseman Keith Yandle turned in an effective debut with the New York Rangers Monday night as he and his new team defeated the visiting Nashville Predators 4-1.

Yandle, traded along with Chris Summers from Arizona Sunday for Anthony Duclair, John Moore, and two draft choices, logged 19:41 of ice time against the Preds. Despite not having a chance to practice with the Rangers, Yandle made good decisions with the puck, got three shots on net and had one steal. He was given time alongside both Kevin Klein and Dan Boyle.
Mar 2 - 11:01 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Derick Brassard
3J.T. Miller
4Dominic Moore
LW1Rick Nash
2Chris Kreider
3Carl Hagelin
4James Sheppard
5Ryan Bourque
6Tanner Glass
RW1Martin St. Louis
2Mats Zuccarello
3Jesper Fast
4Kevin Hayes
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Keith Yandle
3Dan Girardi
4Marc Staal
5Dan Boyle
6Kevin Klein
7Matt Hunwick
8Chris Summers
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cam Talbot