In a few words no, Bickel should not be playing wednesday.
While Bickel isn’t the only Ranger having a poor start to the season, Bickel has been too much of a liability on the ice. His play has been shoddy at best and other teams have taken notice.
Steve Eminger or Matt Gilroy should be taking his spot in the lineup on wednesday. The team needs some sort of change, and Bickel is the most replaceable.
I have nothing against Bickel himself, and I think he performed admirably last season when called up to replace a couple injured guys in the lineup. There’s nothing not to like about him as a player (excluding his ability to play defense). I just think the Rangers would be better off though if they could see if Eminger can regain his prior form.
We’ll see what happens on wednesday, but the most important thing is the Rangers win.