Lineup notes: Brassard taking line rushes

Per Ryan Rishaug, injured center Derick Brassard was taking line rushes this afternoon with regular linemate Mats Zuccarello and J.T. Miller (in Benoit Pouliot’s spot). Per Pat Leonard, Pouliot was just taking a maintenance day. AV alluded to the fact that Brassard may play tomorrow, and it looks like he will be back in the lineup after missing Game Two.

Brassard in for Game Three?

Per Pat Leonard, coach Alain Vigneault was a bit coy this morning when addressing Derick Brassard’s injury. When asked, AV said, “If I were a betting man.” That’s it. So, let’s assume he’s in for Game Three, which is great news for the Rangers.

Gross: Brassard not taking line rushes

Per Andrew Gross, injured center Derick Brassard was on the ice for practice, but was not taking line rushes. Dominic Moore resumed his role as third line center with Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello. Brian Boyle was between Dan Carcillo and Derek Dorsett.

Carey Price done for the series

Per the Montreal Canadiens, goaltender Carey Price is done for the remainder of the Eastern Conference Finals. Price was hurt when Chris Kreider collided with him in the second period of Game One. Price finished the period, but did not play in the third. Price practiced just five minutes yesterday, leading to this announcement today. Peter Budaj or Dustin Tokarski…

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Kreider at morning skate

Per the team’s Twitter, Chris Kreider is at the morning skate, and is not wearing a non-contact jersey. All signs point to the winger returning to the lineup tonight, and at a very critical time for the Rangers. Alain Vigneault has noted that Kreider is medically cleared to play, but is unsure if he will dress tonight.

Chris Kreider appears to be nearing a return, and boy do the Rangers need him

Though coach Alain Vigneault wouldn’t say it outright, it sure sounds like winger Chris Kreider is getting very close to returning to the Rangers’ lineup. Kreider has missed the team’s last 19 games with an undisclosed left hand injury and would be a major addition to New York’s suddenly offensively-starved lineup. Vigneault has been married to his unofficial top line…

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Steve Mason won’t play in Game Three

Per Sarah Baicker, Flyers goalie Steve Mason will not be dressing for Game Three. Mason has missed the first two games of the series, in which Ray Emery started. Emery is sporting a .913 SV% in the two starts this series.

Zipay: Kreider may be ready for second round

Per Steve Zipay, injured winger Chris Kreider will likely miss the first round of the playoffs, but should be ready for the second round should the Rangers advance: Chris Kreider (surgery on left hand March 28) is progressing and the 17-goal scorer should be ready if the Rangers advance to the second round. This means that the Rangers will need…

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Injury/Lineup updates: McDonagh 100%; Vets getting rest

Per Andrew Gross, injured defenseman Ryan McDonagh has confirmed that he is 100%, and will return for the playoffs. McDonagh has been out since April 1, after taking a “questionable” hit from Vancouver’s Alex Burrows late in the third period. Although he is 100%, he will not be playing tonight in Montreal. In addition to McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Martin St….

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Injury notes: Kreider, McDonagh skating

Per Andrew Gross, both Ryan McDonagh and Chris Kreider were skating today at the Rangers optional skate. Neither did intensive work, with McDonagh doing some light skating and Kreider gripping his stick with one hand, but it’s a good sign to see them skating. Alain Vigneault did not give a timetable for either’s return, but did mention he is unsure…

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