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Rangers' Brassard skates, status uncertain for Game 2

by Dan Rosen

MONTREAL -- New York Rangers center Derick Brassard participated in the morning skate Monday at Bell Centre but did not take any line rushes and coach Alain Vigneault said his status remains day-to-day.

Brassard was injured early in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday after being hit hard in open ice by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver. He played two shifts totaling 35 seconds and did not return to the game after leaving 3:06 into the first period.

It's unclear if Brassard will be available for Game 2 (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

"As far as lineup decisions, I haven't finalized that," Vigneault said. "It's like any other game, you'll find out [Monday] at 8 o'clock when the puck drops."

If Brassard is unable to play, the Rangers could insert Daniel Carcillo into the lineup and move Dominic Moore to Brassard's spot on the third line as the center between Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello.

That's how the Rangers skated Monday morning, as Carcillo was the left wing on the fourth line with Brian Boyle moved to center and Derek Dorsett on the right side. Moore was between Pouliot and Zuccarello.

Brassard has four goals and three assists in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He scored all of his goals, including two game-winners, in the second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Carcillo has been scratched in the past four games. He last played in Game 4 against the Penguins. He has two goals in six games this postseason.

Here is the projected Rangers' lineup based on their morning skate:

Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash

Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Martin St. Louis

Benoit Pouliot - Dominic Moore - Mats Zuccarello

Daniel Carcillo - Brian Boyle - Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Marc Staal - Anton Stralman

John Moore - Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist

Cam Talbot

Injured: Derick Brassard (undisclosed)

Scratched: Raphael Diaz, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Justin Falk


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