Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Live from MSG: Rangers, Caps prepare for Game 7
Brandon Dubinsky (right foot) is improving, was walking around locker room without crutches or the plastic boot. But his did not skate, is out tonight and referred all questions to John Tortorella.
Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist) skated but also remains out.
All the Rangers except Henrik Lundqvist, Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Marc Staal and Ryan McDonagh skated at the optional. Asked if Lundqvist was OK, Tortorella said: "Just dandy."
I asked Torts if the team was pretty confident; the answer: "Yes"
And the quotes from players such as Brian Boyle and Mike Rupp, who were in the locker room after the skates, seemed to affirm that.
More in a bit...