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Rangers defenseman John Moore in for Game 2

by Dan Rosen

LOS ANGELES -- After being suspended for the past two games, New York Rangers defenseman John Moore was back in the lineup Saturday for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (NBC, CBC, RDS).

Los Angeles leads the best-of-7 series 1-0 after a 3-2 overtime victory on Wednesday.

Moore received a two-game suspension for a check to the head of Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. New York won that series in six games.

Moore is expected to play alongside Kevin Klein, his normal defense partner. Raphael Diaz was scratched.

Moore skated with Klein in practice Friday, after which Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he wouldn't give away the lineup but added, "You watched practice, so …"

Moore has appeared in 17 games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has one assist and is plus-4.

Goaltender Cam Talbot is out again. He hasn't practiced with the Rangers since they clinched the Eastern Conference championship last week. Vigneault has not provided an update on his injury other than to say he's day-to-day.

David Leneveu is the backup to Henrik Lundqvist again.

Here are the lineups based on warm-ups:


Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash

Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Martin St. Louis

Benoit Pouliot - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello

Brian Boyle - Dominic Moore - Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Marc Staal - Anton Stralman

John Moore - Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist

David Leneveu

Injured: Cam Talbot (undisclosed)

Scratched: Daniel Carcillo (suspended), Justin Falk, Raphael Diaz, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast


Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Marian Gaborik

Tanner Pearson - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli

Dwight King - Jarret Stoll - Justin Williams

Kyle Clifford - Mike Richards - Trevor Lewis

Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty

Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov

Alec Martinez - Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick

Martin Jones

Injured: none

Scratched: Robyn Regehr, Colin Fraser, Jeff Schultz, Jordan Nolan

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David Leneveu

Injured: Cam Talbot (undisclosed)

Scratched: Daniel Carcillo (suspended), Justin Falk, Raphael Diaz, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast


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