NEWARK, N.J. -- According to media who attended Rangers practice Tuesday morning in Greenburgh, N.Y., defenseman Steve Eminger stayed late on the ice, a sign that he will not return to the lineup against the New Jersey Devils.
Eminger has been recovering from a separated shoulder suffered against the Phoenix Coyotes on Dec. 17. Rookie defenseman Stu Bickel will likely be sent down to Connecticut of the AHL when Eminger is ready, but Bickel drew high praise from coach John Tortorella for his performance in a 5-2 win against Flyers on Sunday afternoon.
The only lineup change for the Devils on Tuesday will be the insertion of Cam Janssen in place of Brad Mills, who was sent to Albany of the AHL. Defensemen Adam Larsson (back) and Henrik Tallinder (leg) and forward Ryan Carter (hand) will not play.
Here is what the line combinations will likely be for Tuesday's matchup at Madison Square Garden:
Zach Parise - Patrik Elias - Ilya Kovalchuk
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Adam Henrique - Steve Bernier
Petr Sykora - Dainus Zubrus - David Clarkson
Cam Janssen - Jacob Josefson - Eric Boulton
Bryce Salvador - Anton Volchenkov
Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Matt Taormina - Kurtis Foster
Artem Anisimov - Derek Stepan - Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky - Brad Richards - Brandon Prust
Ruslan Fedotenko - Brian Boyle - Ryan Callahan
Mike Rupp - John Mitchell - Carl Hagelin
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Anton Stralman
Marc Staal - Stu Bickel
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