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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.

Update from Montreal: Biron in, Asham out, Staal questionable

Well, there will be changes in all areas for the Rangers tonight in Bell Centre, starting in goal.

Martin Biron will open the game in net, his third start. The veteran is 1-0-1 in three games (he relieved Lundqvist once) and has a GAA of 2.31, save % of .928 and won't be cowed by the crowd and energy in the building, which will be rocking. He's faced Montreal 29 times overall in his career (not all on the road however).  As coach John Tortorella noted, he's a calming influence on the ice.

That could be important, because the offense and defense are moving parts.

Michael Del Zotto left the morning skate after about 10 or 15 minutes and is doubtful, at least by the way he was walking. It's a right hip or leg that's bothering him after a third-period check  by Marc Methot in Ottawa. And Marc Staal was back at the hotel, suffering effects of the flu, the team said, Torts said he would be a game-time decision,

So the pairs at the skate were:

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi; Matt Gilroy-Anton Stralman and Steve Eminger-Stu Bickel. If Staal recovers, one of the third liners, probably Bickel, would sit.

More on the offense in a sec...

Christian Thomas is en route after a plane issue last night....Arron Asham is out with back spasms. Brian Boyle was centering the fourth line

 

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