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:
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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