Things to know about Blue Jackets-Rangers tonight at MSG

       From the morning skate in Westchester:

1.      Henrik Lundqvist is back in net after watching the 7-1 win in Toronto, and probably wondering  “How come these guys don’t play like this in front of me?”

2.      Daniel Carcillo and Justin Falk are healthy scratches. More on Carcillo below.

3.      Michael Del Zotto back in lineup (as assumed when Conor Allen was re-assigned Sunday), which remains the same, except for in goal.

4.      Ryan Callahan (knee) feels good after back-to-back. Says “we have to bring the same effort and intensity” at home as team did against Pens.

5.      Sergei Bobrovsky in net for Jackets for first time since groin injury Dec. 3

         6. Jackets 4-5-1 in last 10; 9-11-2 on road. Rangers have chance to go two above .500 again.

               More on Carcillo:

              “He brings an energy level, he brings a physical dimension that teams need,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “You need that greasy type player now and again to bring emotion and energy and a grinding game to the forefront.  He’s done it in the past… when we do need him, he’ll be a good player for us…there are different ways to show toughness, being tough on the puck is one of them, getting the puck back is another. The way he plays, finishing checks, always playing on the edge,is another form of toughness and with (Dorsett) going down probably for about six weeks, it’s a low-risk move for us. ”

           Has Carcillo, whose reputation and rap sheet (1,136 penalty minutes since  2006-07) precedes him, a little more cautious after being fined or suspended by the NHL 10 times in his career. “No, I love losing money,” he said sarcastically when I asked him. “Of course, you make a bigger effort. Even if it’s a questionable hit right now, you don’t make it, which is tough for guys in my position but I think coaches and management, everyone understands how the game is changing.”

              Carcillo, who could play in Chicago Wednesday, added: “You look around, there’s a lot of guys getting suspended. It’s such a fast game, everything happens so quick. For guys like me, if you don’t play on that line then you’re not going to play, you have to provide energy every night and you’ve got to think a little bit more, which is a tough thing to do because it’s a game of reaction. I just try to keep my nose clear after the whistles and say sorry to the refs I’ve pissed off and play within the rules.”

              He had one goal, one assist and 57 penalty minutes in 26 games for the Kings, but played only five games in December.

            Noting his knee injuries in 2013 that limited him to 23 games (surgery and then a sprain of the other one on opening night with the Hawks), Carcillo said “This year, I started feeling like myself again and it’s been a couple of years. It’s encouraging to be able to move like I used to…The couple of years I spent there (in Chicago) were hard personally with the injuries and to try and come back from that,” Carcillo said. “The organization was great to me and obviously winning (the Stanley Cup) was a great experience. You’d like to have a bigger role, but…”

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