Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that despite skating hard today, Brian Boyle (right leg) and Marc Staal (eye) will likely not play in Game 1 in Washington tonight.
Staal told Katie Strang at ESPN.com that he doesn't want to second-guess himself in high stakes situation and compromise the team. While Boyle informed Strang he felt good and was hopeful to return this series.
...with Boyle seemingly practicing at full strength, I expect him to be ready to go on Saturday, but how the Rangers play tonight will likely decide whether he will re-enter the line-up or not.
...great decision by Staal. The last thing the Rangers need tonight is for Staal to find out after one shift he's not comfortable on the ice just yet and put the Rangers down one defenseman for the remainder of the game. Although, the Rangers played one defenseman down the entire series against the Caps last postseason, so who knows.
In other injury news, Leonard says that Ryane Clowe was doing some off ice work, while Derek Dorsett continues to skate in a non-contact jersey.
...at least Clowe is starting to workout. Probably won't be available until later in the series. Dorsett as well.
John Tortorella shockingly did not reveal his line-up for tonight.
Completely off topic, but the all-time leader in Gordie Howe Hat Tricks is Brendan Shanahan with 17... holy shit... didn't know he fought that much...
Let's play now!!! I would love nothing more than to give Holtby the Nabokov treatment tonight. Put them in the grOUnd!!! #tanyaharding
I am going to be honest. I feel very good about Marc Staal's situation. From all the rumors and stuff going around, which is exactly what I just said... rumors, it sounds like he could have gone a week ago, and would have if stu bickel was still in the lineup. The difference is we have 7 dmen, and I think Staal has been able to get as healthy as possible without playing in an actual game. Of course the vision is not completely there, but he has been working for a couple of weeks at adjusting his play to it. I would not be surprised if he played Saturday or Monday. Hey who knows we did not think he was playing in the Winter Classic last year, maybe he plays tonight. How historic would it be if he came back, played 23 minutes, and shutdown Ovi. But I guess I am just day dreaming
Today is the anniversary of that thrilling triple-OT win agains the Caps in last year's playoffs.- it's also my birthday. I would like nothing more than another win tonight (preferably in regulation)!
@ivanricov oh, shanny with the devils and the blues early in his career he threw DOWN. in 93-94 he was 52g, 50a, 211 PIM
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG you want him screaming "Why me" from the bench?
@DuPont_Snotty Happy birthday! Hope Gaborik scores the game winner again...
@DuPont_Snotty I would like to see the Rangers send a message, like Pitt and boston did last night. That we are not to be overlooked
@cb1 daaaaaayum! That's no joke. Never would have guessed it. My guess would have been iginla, he only has 9. Second most.
Happy Birthday! Hope it's a great one ... for all of our sakes.