Howden is back with the Rangers following Monday's demotion to the minors, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports. Howden's demotion was simply a paper transaction that was made to make him eligible for the AHL playoffs. The 21-year-old pivot will skate on New York's fourth line Tuesday against the Islanders.
The Rangers demoted Howden to AHL Hartford on Monday. Over the last 14 games, Howden has recorded two points on six shots while averaging just 10:21 of ice time per game. It's unclear if he'll be recalled before Tuesday's tilt against the Islanders or if the team is looking to get him some more playing time in the minors.
Howden skated just 8:06 in Sunday's 3-1 loss to Boston, notching one shot and one hit. Howden played just three more seconds than fellow fourth-liner Greg McKegg, who brought up the rear in terms of ice time. The 21-year-old Howden has seven goals after scoring six as a rookie last season, but he's stuck on seven assists in 58 games after dishing out 17 helpers in 66 games in 2018-19.
Howden scored a goal on two shots and was plus-2 with two PIM in Saturday's 5-2 loss at St. Louis. Howden's line was a bright spot for the Rangers, producing both Rangers goals. His sixth goal of the year brought New York to within 3-2 midway through the second period. The 21-year-old has just 12 points in 44 games this season and figures to remain penciled into a bottom-six role.
Howden notched an assist in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Flames. Howden picked up the secondary helper on a Kaapo Kakko goal in the second period. In 40 games, Howden has 11 points, 42 shots on goal, 42 hits and 39 blocked shots. The Calgary native does a little bit of everything in a third-line role, but not enough of any single thing to warrant much fantasy interest.
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