Rangers coach John Tortorella is famous for his propensity to shuffle lines, but he hasn't had to do much of that since the middle of March.
He will have no choice but to make some changes for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Senators, which is tied at 1-1. Carl Hagelin
, a staple of the team's top line for the past month, will begin serving his three-game suspension for an elbow to the head of Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson
in Game 2 on Saturday.
The Rangers held an optional practice Monday morning and did not reveal any line combinations, so what follows is complete guess work. Both Chris Kreider
and John Scott
, forwards who have been healthy scratches the first two games of the series, were off the ice early. Usually, healthy scratches will stay on late and put in extra work with the coaches.
So here's some pure speculation on the Rangers' line combinations. Kreider played a little bit with Derek Stepan
during the World Junior Championship in 2010, so that could be a landing spot for him if he plays. Check back during pregame warmups, set to start around 7 p.m. ET, for something more substantial.
- Brad Richards
- Marian Gaborik
- Derek Stepan
- Ryan Callahan
- Brian Boyle
- Ruslan Fedotenko
- John Mitchell
- Brandon Prust
- Dan Girardi
- Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto
- Stu Bickel
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