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Girardi back in Rangers' lineup vs. Lightning

Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 12:30 PM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

After missing two games with an undisclosed lower-body injury, New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi will return to the lineup against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

Girardi told reporters following Rangers practice in Greenburgh, N.Y., that he is good to go. He will replace Steve Eminger and return to his spot on the top pairing alongside Ryan McDonagh.

Brian Boyle and Stu Bickel stayed on the ice after practice and will join Eminger as healthy scratches.

Henrik Lundqvist was the first goaltender to leave the ice, a sure sign he will make his 10th start in 11 games. Backup Martin Biron's only start of the season came against the Lightning on Feb. 2, when he made 30 saves in a 3-2 victory.

On the Lightning side of gameday activities, they arrived at their team hotel late Saturday night after taking a bus from Boston following the cancellation of their game against the Bruins. They did not have a morning skate -- the New York Knicks are hosting the Los Angeles Clippers this afternoon -- but held a team meeting at their hotel.

Here are the projected lineups for Sunday's game, although the Lightning lines and d-pairs are pure guesswork, as they dressed seven defensemen against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday but that may not be the case Sunday.

RANGERS

Marian Gaborik - Brad Richards - Taylor Pyatt

Carl Hagelin - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash

Chris Kreider - J.T. Miller - Ryan Callahan

Arron Asham - Jeff Halpern - Darroll Powe

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi

Marc StaalAnton Stralman

Michael Del ZottoMatt Gilroy

Henrik Lundqvist

Martin Biron

Scratches: Brian Boyle, Stu Bickel, Steve Eminger

LIGHTNING

Nate Thompson - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis

Cory Conacher - Vincent Lecavalier - Teddy Purcell

Ryan Malone - Benoit Pouliot - Alex Killorn

BJ Crombeen - Tom PyattAdam Hall

Eric Brewer - Matt Carle

Sami Salo - Victor Hedman

Keith Aulie - Brendan Mikkelson

Mathieu Garon

Anders Lindback

Note: Dana Tyrell cleared waivers Sunday and the Lightning recalled Killorn to take his roster spot. Killorn, 23, would make his NHL debut after putting up 16 goals and 22 assists in 44 games with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL.

Scratches: Brian Lee, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Pierre-Cedric Labrie

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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round