After missing two games with an undisclosed lower-body injury, New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi will return to the lineup against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Girardi told reporters following Rangers practice in Greenburgh, N.Y., that he is good to go. He will replace Steve Eminger and return to his spot on the top pairing alongside Ryan McDonagh.
Brian Boyle and Stu Bickel stayed on the ice after practice and will join Eminger as healthy scratches.
Henrik Lundqvist was the first goaltender to leave the ice, a sure sign he will make his 10th start in 11 games. Backup Martin Biron's only start of the season came against the Lightning on Feb. 2, when he made 30 saves in a 3-2 victory.
On the Lightning side of gameday activities, they arrived at their team hotel late Saturday night after taking a bus from Boston following the cancellation of their game against the Bruins. They did not have a morning skate -- the New York Knicks are hosting the Los Angeles Clippers this afternoon -- but held a team meeting at their hotel.
Here are the projected lineups for Sunday's game, although the Lightning lines and d-pairs are pure guesswork, as they dressed seven defensemen against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday but that may not be the case Sunday.
Marian Gaborik - Brad Richards - Taylor Pyatt
Carl Hagelin - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash
Chris Kreider - J.T. Miller - Ryan Callahan
Arron Asham - Jeff Halpern - Darroll Powe
Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi
Marc Staal – Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto – Matt Gilroy
Scratches: Brian Boyle, Stu Bickel, Steve Eminger
Nate Thompson - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis
Cory Conacher - Vincent Lecavalier - Teddy Purcell
Ryan Malone - Benoit Pouliot - Alex Killorn
BJ Crombeen - Tom Pyatt – Adam Hall
Eric Brewer - Matt Carle
Sami Salo - Victor Hedman
Keith Aulie - Brendan Mikkelson
Note: Dana Tyrell cleared waivers Sunday and the Lightning recalled Killorn to take his roster spot. Killorn, 23, would make his NHL debut after putting up 16 goals and 22 assists in 44 games with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL.
Scratches: Brian Lee, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Pierre-Cedric Labrie
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