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Rangers forward Carcillo eligible to return to lineup

by Tal Pinchevsky

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo has completed his six-game suspension and is excited to be eligible to play again. But with the Rangers trailing the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final, he had no word regarding his place in the lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"We haven't really talked about it," Carcillo said after participating in New York's optional skate Tuesday at MSG. "It feels good to be back around the guys in the room. As far as the lineup goes, I have no idea what's going to happen."

Carcillo was assessed a 10-game suspension for making contact with linesman Scott Driscoll in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens. On appeal the suspension was reduced to six games, the last of which was the Rangers' 3-0 loss in Game 3 of the Cup Final on Monday.

Carcillo has a bit of experience with the deficit the Rangers are facing. In 2010 he was on the Philadelphia Flyers when they came back from a 3-0 deficit to eliminate the Boston Bruins. Regardless of whether he plays in Game 4, he expressed confidence in the Rangers' ability to come back in this series.

"I think we all know that we have a big task in front of us," Carcillo said. "We just have to keep it simple and win [Wednesday] and then go from there and worry about everything else. You can't look too far ahead and get too discouraged."

Carcillo won the Stanley Cup last year with the Chicago Blackhawks, contributing one assist in four playoff games. In eight playoff games with New York this season, he has two goals and 22 penalty minutes.

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