Quick injury and lineup notes

Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have some good news in the injury department. Artem Anisimov was skating this morning at the optional skate. Although he is unlikely to play tonight, it’s a good sign to see him skating, it means his shoulder injury isn’t serious.

Along with Anisimov, Gross states that John Scott (unsurprisingly), Anton Stralman, and Jeff Woywitka will be the other scratches. Steve Eminger wasn’t on the ice for the Rangers, and Gross has said that he is unlikely to play.

The lines and pairings are what you would expect them to be:

Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik
Dubinsky-Stepan-Callahan
Zuccarello-Boyle-Mitchell
Rupp-Fedotenko-Prust

McDonagh-Girardi
Staal-Del Zotto
Bickel-Erixon

In other good news, all the Rangers need is one point to clinch the playoffs. Sure, the division race is closer than we had hoped, but clinching a playoff spot this early is a step in the right direction.

12 Responses to “Quick injury and lineup notes”

  1. The Suit says:

    Solid line combos. Good to see MZA moving up and Feds moving down. Too many missed opportunities by Feds as of late.

  2. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Spot on Dave, clinching a playoff spot this early is just that, another measurable step in the right direction. I actually wouldn’t mind us falling back a few spots for a better draft position. Tom Wilson will be a great choice for us for where we will be picking. Justin Schultz would be a heck of a pick up should he want to play with his fellow Badgers.

  3. RobC610 says:

    I would like to see Stralman in tonight and Bickel sit. Bickel has been more than a little shakey of late.

  4. Jeff P says:

    I would like to see:
    Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik
    Zuccarello-Stepan-Callahan
    Dubinsky-Boyle-Prust
    Rupp-Fedotenko-Mitchell

    Maybe move up Feds to Boyle line if Duby sucks again. Give Mitchell occasional shifts. Have Rupp out there only to fight Clarkson and such.

    • Bobby Tux says:

      ecactly correct Dubi is a 4th line player at best. You see by Torts comment in the Nypost – not enough consistency.

      In fact when AA returns I am sure that Dubi not Zucarello sits out.

      One other item – I think that Hagelin should move to the first PP unit replacing Boyle. Especially against the Devils. There is also an argument that Hagelin should replace Zucarello

    • Tim says:

      I dont think feds can play center. Did you mean rupp as center?

      • Dave says:

        No, that’s what was tweeted. But you’re right, Feds can’t play center at all.

  5. ranger17 says:

    those are the lines i would like to see also rite on Jeff P

  6. Dave says:

    Don’t get too set on line combos…they change all the time. Think of how many times Pittsburgh has put together and separated Malkin/Crosby.