The Rangers used 7 defensemen and 11 forwards in their win over Calgary on Sunday.
On Sunday, McIlrath played 5:08 and had his first NHL fight.
Alain Vigneault said yesterday that with an upcoming stretch of 4 games in six nights, he wants to have seven healthy defensemen around.
Adam Rotter: After playing two games at the NHL level, it will be good for McIlrath to sit for a game to watch things from a different vantage point. At this point it is one game and sitting for one game, or even two or three straight, won’t disrupt his development. If he were to sit and not play for 3 or 4 weeks straight, that would be something else but the organization will send him back to Hartford before something like that happens.