NEW YORK -- Brandon Dubinsky
will make his return to the New York Rangers
' lineup Wednesday night for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils
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:
- Brad Richards
- Chris Kreider
- Artem Anisimov
- Ryan Callahan
- Derek Stepan
- Marian Gaborik
- Brian Boyle
- Brandon Prust
- Dan Girardi
- Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto
- Stu Bickel
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