It appears from the defensive pairings at Wednesday's morning skate that the New York Rangers will be without defenseman Michael Del Zotto for Wednesday night's game against the Washington Capitals.
Del Zotto had the flu and didn't travel with the team to Washington on Tuesday, at which time coach Alain Vigneault said it was doubtful he would play.
Justin Falk, who made his season debut for the Rangers on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues, was on the ice and is likely to take Del Zotto's place in the lineup.
Here are the projected lineups for the Rangers and Capitals on Wednesday:
Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – Alex Ovechkin
Brooks Laich – Mikhail Grabovski – Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera – Eric Fehr – Joel Ward
Martin Erat – Jay Beagle – Tom Wilson
Karl Alzner – Mike Green
Alexander Urbom – John Carlson
Nate Schmidt – Steve Oleksy
Scratched: Aaron Volpatti
Injured: John Erskine (upper body), Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau)
Brad Richards – Derick Brassard – Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt – Brian Boyle – Jesper Fast
Benoit Pouliot – Derek Stepan – Mats Zuccarello
J.T. Miller – Dominic Moore – Derek Dorsett
Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi
Marc Staal – Anton Stralman
Justin Falk – John Moore
Injured: Carl Hagelin (shoulder), Rick Nash (concussion symptoms), Michael Del Zotto (flu)