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Ten players on ice for Monday's optional skate

Jesper Fast skates during Rangers training camp at

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

Talbot, Zuccarello, Hagelin, McDonagh, JMoore, Falk, Miller, Carcillo, Diaz. Fast.

Dan Girardi was on ice earlier for a couple spins and shots, and Chris Kreider was working on conditioning drills with assocaite coach Scott Arneil.

Assume team will have full skate Tuesday AM at WFC. Expecting AV to speak shortly...Stay tuned...

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Playoff debut for J.T. Miller

J.T. Miller (10) settles the puck during the

(Credit: AP / Kostas Lymperopoulos)

Judging from warmups, Miller is replacing Dan Carcillo who played the last two games in Philly.

The 21-year-old was with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin.

Miller played in 30 games this season, with three goals and three assists. Two of those games were against the Flyers in March, a win and a loss. The 6-foot-1 Miller, the Rangers first-round draft choice (15th overall) in 2011, was recalled...

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NYR-Flyers Game 5 Preview: Puck drops about 12:20

Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Detroit

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Some thoughts:

It's Henrik Lundqvist (2-2, 1.76, .927) vs. Steve Mason (1-0, 0.89, .976)

Rangers defense expected to be the same; only change upfront could be J.T. Miller, there was some speculation on that yesterday during the optional. We'll see what happens in warmups.

D Hal Gill expected in for Flyers, Nicklas Grossman definitely out.

All our coverage is over on the Rangers...

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Game 4 preview: Flyers talking tough, Rangers bide time

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) and

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PHILADELPHIA -- Goaltender Steve Mason, who will start his first game in two weeks on Friday night, and his Flyers teammates, practiced Friday morning. Mason didn't address the media. But others did, and there certainly was a diverse selection of views from desperation to playing looser, to not being so careful, to putting more pucks on Henrik Lundqvist.

Wayne Simmonds: "We've got to win this...

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Alain Vigneault seeking faster pace in Game 4 for Rangers

Alain Vigneault reacts after the Rangers scored against

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The Blueshirts skated at MSG on Thursday but also watched videos of goaltender Steve Mason, who was formally named as the Flyers starter for Game 4.

"We went through the same preparation as we went through with Emery, scouting report, some video, we know what to expect from him and we know the areas to go after," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

Mason's former teammate Derick Brassard...

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After Game 3 win, Rangers ready for Steve Mason

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason faces the action

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Steve Mason is several inches taller than Ray Emery and five years younger. And he catches with his right hand.

So there are some visible differences between the Flyers goaltender who started the first three games of the series and the one who will start the fourth on Friday.

It's the intangibles that will matter.

Emery faced 89 Ranger shots and stopped 79 for an .888 save percentage,...

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Martin St. Louis named one of three Lady Byng finalists

Martin St. Louis celebrates scoring a goal in

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Martin St. Louis, along with San Jose's Patrick Marleau and Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly were chosen as the three finalists for the trophy awarded to the player who displays a combination of (and I paraphrase here), "sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and a high standard of playing ability."

The three were the top votegetters in ballots by the PHWA. The winner will be announced June 24.


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Alain Vigneault won't reveal Rangers Game 3 lineup

Alain Vigneault looks on during the second period

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The gamesmanship has begun.

Although it clearly appeared that former Flyer Dan Carcillo would be in tonight's lineup for the Rangers, based on his on-ice conversations with both coach Alain Vigneault and Brad Richards at the morning skate in Wells Fargo Center,  Vigneault would not confirm it.

And neither would Carcillo, who, as we reported yesterday, has far more playoff games...

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Alain Vigneault: 'At this time of year, you can't play OK; have to play better'

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault looks on against

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Here's a quick recap of Alain Vigneault's briefing before I cruise down to Philly. Nothing especially startling from the players after the optional practice, but will file something on that later.

Vigneault, who said he was not frustrated, but "felt some disappointment" after the loss and did not rule out lineup changes.

In my mind, it's possible Dan Carcillo, with experience in Wells...

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Questions after Rangers let two-goal lead slip away

Derek Stepan of the Rangers scores a third-period

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Remember the Five Keys we wrote about in Newsday before the series? All were factors this afternoon. #patsselfonback

1. Injuries: Emery bounced back, but Rangers did not have enough push in the third.

2. Netfront presence: Flyers had it on their goals.

3. Special teams: Rangers one-for-six on the PP, including that 4-on-3 for 1:40 something in the second.

4. Star power: Rick...

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