Dubinsky skates; Rupp skates on third line

May 18, 2012, by

The big news out of practice today was that Brandon Dubinsky was on the ice in a non-contact jersey. This is great news for the Rangers, who have been missing Dubinsky since he went down with his lower body injury. Dubinsky has been sorely missed on the penalty kill, as evidenced last game when Brian Boyle took a penalty, and Derek Stepan was forced to kill the penalty. Of course, the end result was a Devil’s goal.

There is still no timetable for Dubinsky’s return, but the fact that he is skating is great news. Considering it was his leg that was an issue, him being able to be on the ice and moving around can only be seen as a good thing. He likely won’t play tomorrow, but if all goes well I’d assume he will be back sooner rather than later.

As for the lines from practice, there was one minor change, as Mike Rupp moved up to skate with Brian Boyle and Artem Anisimov. Ruslan Fedotenko, John Mitchell, and Brandon Prust were the fourth line.


  1. Chris F says:

    Does anyone foresee this series getting a little more nasty? We really haven’t seen anything too chippy, especially for a Devils/Rangers playoff match-up. And, if thing do get more combative and a few fights break out, who do you think that favors?

    • voidoid says:

      The Devils haven’t dressed Boulton or Janssen yet this postseason, so they’re definitely not playing with their “tough” lineup. Clarkson and Carter both throw down but they’re outnumbered by Prust, Rupper and Bickel right now.

      Bickel did a good job in game 2 not falling for Clarkson’s bait.

      • Chris F says:

        I wish he had took the bait… Clarkson scored the game winner on that shift.

        • Michael says:

          I agreed with both of you watching the last game…Caught myself saying “don’t do it, don’t do it”…a few seconds later…”wish he would have done it.”

  2. rob sahm says:

    hope people are not that dumb we need dubi whoever says different is a hockey retard