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Zuccarello to miss Rangers finale

Top scorer out against Red Wings; expected to return for playoffs with Stalberg, Girardi @NHLdotcom

New York Rangers forwards Mats Zuccarello and Viktor Stalberg and defenseman Dan Girardi will not play against the Detroit Red Wings in the final game of the regular season on Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, MSG, NHL.TV).

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault also said backup goaltender Antti Raanta will start.

Zuccarello, the Rangers' leading point-scorer with 61 (26 goals, 35 assists), and Stalberg each played Thursday in a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders, but did not practice Friday. Each is out with a lower-body injury, but Vigneault says he expects each player back for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Girardi, injured Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, did not play Thursday because of an upper-body injury, but Vigneault said he expects Girardi to be ready for the playoffs as well.

Center Oscar Lindberg, scratched Thursday in favor of forward Kevin Hayes, will return to the lineup Saturday. The Rangers also will call up a forward from Hartford of the American Hockey League.

The Rangers, holding the first wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference, can play either the Atlantic Division champion Florida Panthers or the Pittsburgh Penguins, the second-place team in the Metropolitan Division. If the Rangers win Saturday, they have a chance to pass the Islanders and regain third place in the division, and would play the Penguins. If they remain the first wild card, the Rangers would play the Panthers. Each series would start on the road.

Lundqvist was pulled Thursday after allowing three goals on nine shots during the second period. Raanta stopped all six shots he faced.

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