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: Dubinsky out for Game 4, Bickel, Eminger in
Say hey everyone....What we know for sure is that even though Brandon Dubinsky (ankle) practied with the team here at MSG, he is not dressing for tonight's Game in Newark.
"This team doesn't do percentages...It's either yes or no and tonight's a no," said Dubinsky, who stayed on ice after practice with Brandon Prust, who will serve his one-game suspension tonight, for some drills with coaches.
Dubinsky said he is skating more freely, but he is still in the process of healing and getting back into shape after three weeks, most of which he spent wearing a walking boot and using crutches. My guess? He might play at some point in the playoffs, depending on how the Rangers fare.
Stu Bickel, who wore a blue forwards jersey for the practice, will presumably be on the fourth line and Steve Eminger on defense for the second consecutive game. Before Dubinsky's locker room declaration, coach John Tortorella said his lineup wpould be a game-time decision. Bickel last played forward on Feb. 11 against the Flyers when Ruslan Fedotenko was injured.
Mats Zuccarello, by the way, was not skating with the team, but presumably with the taxi squad players at the MSG Training Center in Westchester.
In a few brief comments, Prust, disappointed in the NHL decision, said being out was frustrating. He had played in all 99 previous games. Among the players who will dress for the 100th game tonight: Brad Richards, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Marian Gaborik and Derek Stepan.
Rangers have lost six times when they could've taken a two-game lead and lost all six by a goal.
Henrik Lundqvist said teams who score the first goal "get a little confidence and you let your game come to you instead of chasing too much or trying too hard to make that extra play. I don't think it only goes for us."
Leaving shortly to navigate the rain and traffic to Newark, will check in from there. Word form Devs practice is that Petr Sykora is out, Jacob Josefson in at center, which will move Patrik Elias to wing.