NEW YORK --
The New York Rangers
want the Presidents' Trophy, and they'll take their shot at it with center Derek Stepan
and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist
in the lineup.
In a game Thursday in Pittsburgh, Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik
was assessed a five-minute major penalty for kneeing Stepan late in the contest. Stepan was so slow to get off the ice and missed practice Friday, but he will be in the lineup against the Washington Capitals
on Saturday night (6:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) at Madison Square Garden.
Tortorella was fined $20,000 by the League for his comments that followed the game in which he called the hit "cheap" and "dirty" and offered no response to the fine Saturday.
"I wonder what would happen if we did it to their two whining stars? Wonder what would happen?" Tortorella said Thursday, referring to Sidney Crosby
and Evgeni Malkin
. "So I'm anxious to see what happens with the League. There's no respect amongst players. None."
Tortorella moved on from the incident, saying his team his highly motivated to finish with the most points in the NHL.
"I want us to win that trophy," Tortorella said. "I think that's a part of our motivation. I'll tell you that right now. You check off the division, check off the conference. There's two other checks that need to be done here. One is this Presidents' Trophy, and the next is the real deal. We're looking to get No. 3 here tonight."
Lundqvist was dealing with a swollen right arm after a shot by Claude Giroux
of the Flyers caught the goaltender in an unprotected area on Tuesday night. Lundqvist received the night off against the Penguins, but never missed a practice and will start against the Capitals.
Here's the projected lineup for the Rangers:
- Brad Richards
- Marian Gaborik
- Derek Stepan
- Ryan Callahan
- Brian Boyle
- Ruslan Fedotenko
- John Mitchell
- Brandon Prust
- Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto
- Stu Bickel
- Anton Stralman
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