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Thin lineup expected for Rangers

Friday, 09.30.2011 / 8:40 AM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Rangers World Tour

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Thin lineup expected for Rangers
GOTHENBURG, Swe. -- Henrik Lundqvist will be the star of the show Friday night here at Scandinavium, but he won't have much of his NHL buddies playing for him. Rangers coach John Tortorella wants to get a look at some of the guys who for now are targeted for the AHL, a lot of the forwards that played Thursday in Prague will not be in the lineup against Frolunda.

The scratches who skated in the afternoon here include:

Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Artem Anisimov, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Derek Stepan, Ruslan Fedotenko, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Steve Eminger and Mike Sauer.

Odds are that Dylan McIlrath and Blake Parlett, who has not played in a preseason game yet, will draw in on defense for McDonagh and Eminger. Girardi also didn't play Thursday. Brendan Bell, Stu Bickel, Tim Erixon and Michael Del Zotto will join McIlrath and Parlett on the blue line.

Since the Rangers won't dress seven forwards that played Thursday night, I would venture to guess that Sean Avery (sore foot) and Brian Boyle (flu) will play Friday night along with Carl Hagelin, Dale Weise, Ryan Bourque, Kris Newbury and John Mitchell.

Mike Rupp, Brandon Prust, Mats Zuccarello, Wojtek Wolski and Erik Christensen should fill out the 12 forward spots. They all played Thursday as well.

Seeing Sauer skating with the scratches is interesting because he has been out with a sprained shoulder. I hope to have more from him once the guys are off the ice.

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