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Biron spells Lundqvist as Rangers face Isles

Thursday, 12.22.2011 / 5:25 PM

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

NEW YORK -- John Tortorella was short and sweet at his pre-game meeting with reporters Thursday, confirming only that Martin Biron would start in net for the Rangers and Jeff Woywitka's foot would keep him out of the lineup.

It will be Biron's eight start of the season, putting him on pace to be the busiest backup goaltender the Rangers have had since Henrik Lundqvist took over the full-time duties in 2006-07. The 34-year-old Biron is 6-1-0 with a 1.82 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.

The Rangers will use the same lineup from their 4-1 win in New Jersey on Tuesday. It should look something like this:

Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov - Derek Stepan - Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky - Brian Boyle - John Mitchell
Brandon Prust - Michael Rupp - Ruslan Fedotenko

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Stu Bickel
Tim Erixon - Anton Stralman

Martin Biron
Henrik Lundqvist

In the Islanders' 3-2 shootout win in Winnipeg on Tuesday, goaltender Al Montoya and forward David Ullstrom were lost due to concussions. Micheal Haley was recalled from the AHL to take Ullstrom's spot, while Evgeni Nabokov will make the start.

The Islanders lines will likely look this way:

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - PA Parenteau
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Matt Martin - Josh Bailey - Tim Wallace
Micheal Haley - Marty Reasoner - Nino Niederreiter

Mark Streit - Milan Jurcina
Andrew MacDonald - Travis Hamonic
Mark Eaton - Mike Mottau

Evgeni Nabokov
Anders Nilsson

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