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Stars, Rangers to have familiar looks

by Dave Lozo /
NEW YORK -- The Rangers andStars will ice the same lineups Sunday they did in their previous games.

Rangers coach John Tortorella chose to bench Sean Avery in favor of Erik Christensen, and it paid off as Christensen had a power-play assist and won five of six faceoffs in 12:54 of ice time. Henrik Lundqvist will get the start in goal.

The Stars will counter with Richard Bachman, won enters tonight's game with 424 fewer games played than Lundqvist. The 24-year-old Bachman has played in three NHL games and won his first career start Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings. He made 26 saves to earn another start.

Here is what the Stars and Rangers lineups will look like tonight at Madison Square Garden:

Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Loui Eriksson - Jamie Benn - Michael Ryder
Steve Ott - Mike Ribeiro - Brenden Morrow
Jake Dowell - Tom Wandell - Tomas Vincour

Nicklas Grossman - Trevor Daley
Alex Goligoski - Philip Larsen
Sheldon Souray - Stephane Robidas

Richard Bachman will start in goal, with Andrew Raycroft the backup.

Artem Anisimov - Derek Stepan - Marian Gaborik
Ruslan Fedotenko - Brad Richards - Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin - Brian Boyle - John Mitchell
Brandon Dubinsky - Erik Christensen - Brandon Prust

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Steve Eminger
Jeff Woywitka - Anton Stralman

Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal, with Martin Biron the backup.

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