The Rangers enter the seventh game in these playoffs in which they’ve had a chance to go up by two games in a series … and they have yet to accomplish that.
Brandon Prust will serve his one-game suspension for elbowing Anton Volchenkov to death (he didn’t actually die) in Game 3. Defenseman Stu Bickel is expected to be subbed into the lineup on the wing, though John Tortorella would not confirm that change. Brandon Dubinsky declared himself not ready to return after the morning skate.
Here’s my thought: The Rangers seem to respond to adversity, and they might be able to use the Prust suspension to their advantage. But, honestly, I don’t think they need more incentive. What they need to do is execute better against the Devils’ early surge.
The Devils make a lineup change after being shut out twice in three games by Henrik Lundqvist. Jacob Josefson replaced Petr Sykora.
Let’s Go Tony!