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Rangers without Del Zotto against Capitals

Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 12:18 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

It appears from the defensive pairings at Wednesday's morning skate that the New York Rangers will be without defenseman Michael Del Zotto for Wednesday night's game against the Washington Capitals.

Del Zotto had the flu and didn't travel with the team to Washington on Tuesday, at which time coach Alain Vigneault said it was doubtful he would play.

Justin Falk, who made his season debut for the Rangers on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues, was on the ice and is likely to take Del Zotto's place in the lineup.

Here are the projected lineups for the Rangers and Capitals on Wednesday:

CAPITALS

Marcus JohanssonNicklas BackstromAlex Ovechkin

Brooks LaichMikhail GrabovskiTroy Brouwer

Jason ChimeraEric FehrJoel Ward

Martin EratJay BeagleTom Wilson

Karl AlznerMike Green

Alexander UrbomJohn Carlson

Nate SchmidtSteve Oleksy

Braden Holtby

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Aaron Volpatti

Injured: John Erskine (upper body), Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau)

RANGERS

Brad RichardsDerick BrassardRyan Callahan

Taylor PyattBrian BoyleJesper Fast

Benoit PouliotDerek StepanMats Zuccarello

J.T. MillerDominic MooreDerek Dorsett

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi

Marc StaalAnton Stralman

Justin FalkJohn Moore

Henrik Lundqvist

Cam Talbot

Injured: Carl Hagelin (shoulder), Rick Nash (concussion symptoms), Michael Del Zotto (flu)

I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday