Just a quick update:
Derick Brassard did go through a full practice with the Rangers today and is expected to play tomorrow. Brassard missed Game 2 with what appeared to be a left shoulder/upper back injury after being hit by Mike Weaver and leaving early in Game 1.
Benoit Pouliot, Brassard’s linemate, did not practice … the team called it a “maintenance day” … meaning he has some sort of ache or bruise or something. J.T. Miller practiced in his spot this morning.
In Montreal, where the Canadiens skated, coach Michel Therrien indicated that rookie Dustin Tokarski, who played Game 2 after the Game 1, series-ending knee injury to No. 1 goalie Carey Price, will also start Game 3.
Winger Thomas Vanek, meanwhile, alternated on the fourth line in practice, leading to speculation that he might be injured or a healthy scratch for Game 3.
More later …
Photo by Rick Carpiniello.