C Brad Richards participated briefly in the Rangers' optional morning skate but was unable to play Tuesday night. Richards is "banged up," per coach John Tortorella, after being cross-checked into the boards Sunday by the Sabres' Patrick Kaleta.

The NHL suspended Kaleta five games.

"Around the league, they want to make sure guys have respect for other players," RW Rick Nash said.

Tortorella said he did not have long-term concerns regarding Richards' health.

The Rangers recalled ex-Islander Micheal Haley from Connecticut (AHL).