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Eminger replaces Bickel in Rangers' lineup

Saturday, 05.19.2012 / 12:58 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Rangers vs. Devils series blog

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Eminger replaces Bickel in Rangers' lineup
NEWARK, N.J. -- The Rangers have a change in their lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Steve Eminger will replace Stu Bickel and play on the blue line for the first time in the playoffs. He will be paired with Michael Del Zotto.

Eminger played 4:25 of ice time as a fourth-line forward in Game 1 against Washington on April 28. The last time he played a game on defense was March 15 against Pittsburgh.

Bickel played only 4:13 in Game 2 and was on the ice for David Clarkson's game-winning goal in the third period. He has played in every game in the playoffs, but has received over seven minutes of ice time on only three occasions (Game 3 vs. Ottawa, Games 4 and 5 against Washington). He is a minus-2 with four penalty minutes.

The Devils lineup will be the same for Game 3 as it was for Game 2, which they won 3-2 to even the series at 1-1.

Martin Brodeur will start against Henrik Lundqvist.

Here are the lineups, with lines and defense pairings, as per how the teams skated in warmups:

RANGERS

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

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto - Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

DEVILS

Zach Parise - Travis Zajac - Ilya Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora - Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Adam Henrique - David Clarkson
Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky
Anton Volchenkov - Peter Harrold

Martin Brodeur
Johan Hedberg

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