Derek Stepan returns to Rangers' lineup after missing first 12 games with broken left leg

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TORONTO — Derek Stepan returned to the New York Rangers' lineup Saturday night against Toronto after missing the first 12 games of the season because of a broken left leg.

Stepan fractured his left fibula in a preseason game.

"He's been chewing my ears off for about a week here to get back playing," coach Alain Vigneault said. "We've just been really smart about this, being on the safe side."

Stepan moved into the No. 2 center spot on a line with Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello.

Stepan had 17 goals and 40 assists last season.

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