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.
I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.
— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final