Friday, April 5, 2013

Rangers Get Set For Rematch Against Pittsburgh Tonight

The Rangers are back in action tonight in Pittsburgh as the team concludes a home-and-home matchup against the Penguins. The lineups will remain the same (as they obviously should) and Henrik Lundqvist will once again be back in net. That means the lines tonight will be as follows:

Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Ryane Clowe-Brad Richards-Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin-Derick Brassard-Brian Boyle
Taylor Pyatt-Darroll Powe-Arron Asham

Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Steve Eminger

Marc Staal is with the team accompanying them on their road trip, but don't get too excited. Rangers beat writer Andrew Gross says it's only to see his brothers when the Rangers travel to Carolina for their game tomorrow night. Staal will reportedly not travel with the team from there once they head off to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs on Monday.

Also, J.T. Miller is still with the team and technically on the Rangers' active roster, although you likely won't see him back in the lineup anytime soon. Miller is once again battling through a wrist injury that he first suffered a few weeks ago. He was on the ice for optional practice today, but did not do any passing or shooting drills and considers himself "day to day." I didn't think Miller was playing particularly well anyway, so it's probably best for him to sit back and observe the team from the press box for a few games. When asked about possibly needing wrist surgery, Miller only said that it's not an option "right now."

More to come after the game tonight. I'll be very interested to see how the team overall plays tonight when you consider the fact that the Penguins are likely going to come out way more determined than they were in their 6-1 drubbing on Wednesday at the Garden. John Tortorella will need to have his team well-prepared for a different Pens team showing up tonight.