Alain Vigneault expects Derek Stepan back today

Stepan 3PM: Stepan will play today. (Gross)

9:39AM: Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that he will have a better idea of Derek Stepan’s status today, but that he expects Stepan to return to the lineup against Dallas.

Stepan missed yesterday’s game against Nashville due to the flu.

Steve Valiquette said on MSG, “that hurt big time, he missed those two games and we came back and did the Columbus game, remember how great he was in that game. We don’t have that tonight so that is a component of the game they were missing.”

Ron Duguay said, “he was more noticeable when he was out of the lineup and then when he showed up and all the sudden you say that he is really good because of all the plays that he makes. He will make a big difference.”