NEW YORK --
The only question surrounding the Rangers' lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Capitals is Brian Boyle
, who has missed three games with a concussion but took part in the game-day skate Monday.
Boyle said he couldn't say for sure if he would play, but forward Brandon Dubinsky
didn't participate in the practice and won't be in the lineup.
If Boyle feels ready, he'll return to the lineup in his customary role of third-line center. If not, the Rangers will probably ice the same lineup they did in Game 1 with defenseman Steve Eminger
on the fourth line and John Mitchell
moved up to Boyle's spot.
So here's an educated guess as to what the Rangers' lineup will look like if Boyle is back in the lineup.
- Brad Richards
- Marian Gaborik
- Derek Stepan
- Ryan Callahan
- Brian Boyle
- Brandon Prust
- John Mitchell
- Mike Rupp
- Dan Girardi
- Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto
- Stu Bickel
As for the Capitals, Dale Hunter
kept Alexander Semin
on the fourth line for a second consecutive practice. Defenseman Jeff Schultz
, who was a healthy scratch for Game 1, will replace Karl Alzner
for Game 2. Schultz had played in Game 7 against Boston after sitting for three straight contests.
Hunter swapped wingers Troy Brouwer
and Alex Ovechkin
on the top line, but Brouwer said afterward they will be in their normal spots. Here's what the Capitals will likely go with trailing 1-0 in the best-of-seven series.
- Brooks Laich
- Troy Brouwer
- Nicklas Backstrom
- Marcus Johansson
- Jay Beagle
- Joel Ward
- Keith Aucoin
- Mike Knuble
- John Carlson
- Mike Green
- Dennis Wideman
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