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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Lineup Changes: Fast with Richards, Hagelin

Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have inserted Jesper Fast into the lineup on a line with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin. This means Derek Stepan will be skating with Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis. The third and fourth lines will remain the same, with Dan Carcillo likely serving as the healthy scratch tonight. The full lines: St. Louis-Stepan-Nash Hagelin-Richards-Fast…

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Lineup notes: Boyle with Richards and St. Louis

Per Andrew Gross, coach Alain Vigneault has switched up the lines a bit headed into a potential clincher against Ottawa: Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash Brian Boyle-Brad Richards-Martin St. Louis Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello Dan Carcillo-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett Ryan McDonagh is also out tonight, so the defensive pairings will remain the same.

McDonagh out and day to day, Moore in tonight

Per Andrew Gross, defenseman Ryan McDonagh is out tonight and is day-to-day after being on the receiving end of a questionable hit –that received no supplemental discipline– from Alex Burrows. John Moore, who has been out since March 21, will take McDonagh’s spot in the lineup.

Lineup notes: Carcillo with top line, Miller a potential scratch

After last night’s debacle in Calgary, Alain Vigneault has decided to switch up his lines. Per Steve Zipay, the new lines are: Dan Carcillo-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Martin St. Louis Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello Brian Boyle-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett If you are perplexed about Carcillo on the top line, you should know that you are not alone. J.T. Miller was…

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Lineup notes: Carcillo with flu, St. Louis to top line

Per Steve Zipay, Martin St. Louis will replace the injured Chris Kreider on the Rangers’ top line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash tonight against Philly. Zipay also noted that this likely means the recently recalled J.T. Miller will slide into the Derick Brassard line. Dan Carcillo is a scratch as well tonight, as he has the flu.

Raphael Diaz in for the injured John Moore tonight

Raphael Diaz, acquired from the Vancouver Canucks at the trade deadline, will make his Rangers debut tonight in New Jersey. Diaz will take John Moore’s spot in the lineup, as Moore did not return after taking a big hit in the first period of last night’s victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It is expected that Diaz will be on…

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While we were gone: Hagelin/Kreider swapped in lineup

While we were gone for the server upgrade, Alain Vigneault switched up his lines a bit. He moved Chris Kreider to the second line with Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis, and moved Carl Hagelin to the top line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash. This essentially gives the Rangers two top lines (1 and 1a, as you can’t really…

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Quick lineup change: Dorsett in for Carcillo

Per Pat Leonard, Derek Dorsett will be taking Dan Carcillo’s spot in the lineup tonight against Carolina. Dorsett’s last game was March 5th against Toronto. This move might make some people angry considering Carcillo’s strong play with the Rangers, but Dorsett is the more balanced player. His ability to take shifts in the defensive zone late in the game –not…

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Lineup notes: Falk, Carcillo scratched

Per Andrew Gross, Justin Falk and the newly acquired Dan Carcillo will be the healthy scratches tonight when the Rangers take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Michael Del Zotto and J.T. Miller will be in the lineup. Henrik Lundqvist will start (as expected). Starting Del Zotto over Falk is a no-brainer at this point, although few will agree. Miller over…

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