Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that tonight's line-up will remain the same, as Marc Staal (eye), Ryane Clowe (undisclosed) and Darroll Powe (concussion) are out tonight.
Leonard adds that neither Clowe nor Powe traveled with the team to Washington.
...never like to hear that two guys with possible concussions weren't able to fly. Usually means that the symptoms are quite severe.
...it's a shame that the Rangers weren't able to play this series at full strength. I truly feel they would have already won if they were. Got to give the players credit for stepping up in the face of adversity and giving themselves a chance to advance in a Game 7 while severely short-handed.
Also of note from practice, Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record says that Stu Bickel and J.T. Miller are no longer skating with the Rangers' practice squad as they've been sent home to rest wrist injuries.
...while Miller's health is the most important thing, it's unfortunate that he won't be able to experience the locker room before, during and after a Game 7. You'd think the Rangers would have kept him around for tonight's game. But what do I know.
I was really hoping that we would see these guys on the ice before the end of the series... Tonight's game is going to cause a few coronaries...
Yahoo politicizing Boogard's death again. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-responsible-derek-boogaard-death-014856542.html
Clowe hasn't quite had a chance to make much of a difference on this team and next they'll have to go about deciding his contract. Should be interesting. In my mind he remains somewhat unproven and I fear we are in danger of overpaying him and/or signing him for too many years. That said, I like having him around. I hope he'll be able to come back and help us out before this season is done, but first we have to win without him tonight.
@AG_Blue Not sure if he's up for it, but I could see them offering him a 1 year deal so he can prove he's worth more years and money.
@AG_Blue My gut feel is the opposite. If he doesn't get the chance to prove himself, then he has no grounds to ask for some ridiculous contract (like the one that was rumored after the deadline). At this point Moore and Brassard would deserve to be signed for at least double whatever Clowe gets based on performance (i realize they aren't FAs yet).
The thing is, Clowe and, more importantly, his agent, certainly feel he is already a proven player. Everybody goes for all the money and years they can get.