Dubinsky has missed the last 11 games with a lower-body injury he suffered during Game 7 of the conference quarterfinals against the Ottawa Senators. He's participated in the Rangers' previous four practices and is ready to give the sagging squad some fresh legs.
In seven games against the Senators, Dubinsky had just one assist. But he will provide a boost both in the faceoff circle and on the penalty-killing unit.
Fourth-line center John Mitchell is the lineup casualty -- he's a healthy scratch for the first time in the postseason.
Also, forward Brandon Prust is back after serving a one-game suspension in Game 4. His return forces defenseman Stu Bickel, who filled in as a forward for Game 4, back to the blue line. Defenseman Steve Eminger is a healthy scratch after playing last game.
Here are the Rangers' line combinations that they showed in pregame warmups, which had Marian Gaborik on the third line:
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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