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At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Rangers

by Dan Rosen

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Rick Nash is in the lineup Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden despite his wife going into labor earlier in the day.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said approximately two hours prior to the game that Nash would be a game-time decision, but the coach also said the latest word was that Nash's wife, Jessica, might not give birth until Monday, in which case he would make it to the arena in time to play.

Nash leads the Rangers with three goals and four points through two games.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson is making his season debut after missing the first two games because of a knee injury sustained in the preseason. Jake Gardiner is scratched; Toronto coach Randy Carlyle opted to leave rookie Stuart Percy in the lineup.

Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is scratched. He was a game-time decision because of a shoulder injury sustained Saturday in a 5-2 loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets. Rookie center Kevin Hayes will make his NHL debut.

Here are the projected lines:


James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel

Daniel Winnik - Nazem Kadri - Joffrey Lupul

Leo Komarov - Mike Santorelli - David Clarkson

Richard Panik - Peter Holland - Brandon Kozun

Dion Phaneuf - Stephane Robidas

Stuart Percy - Roman Polak

Morgan Rielly - Cody Franson

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Matt Frattin, Jake Gardiner, Carter Ashton

Injured: David Booth (broken right foot)


Anthony Duclair - Martin St. Louis - Rick Nash

Chris Kreider - Derick Brassard - Lee Stempniak

Carl Hagelin - Kevin Hayes - J.T. Miller

Tanner Glass - Dominic Moore - Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Marc Staal - Kevin Klein

John Moore - Matt Hunwick

Henrik Lundqvist

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Ryan Malone, Michael Kostka

Injured: Dan Boyle (broken hand), Derek Stepan (broken leg), Mats Zuccarello (shoulder)


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