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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.

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Steve Zipay

Steve Zipay is an award-winning journalist who has covered events from Super Bowls to World Series and issues from sports marketing to stadium financing.

Based in New York for 25 years, Steve also has been a news editor, a business editor and sports media columnist for Newsday.

In 1997, Steve was a member of the Newsday team that won a Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting on the crash of Flight 800.

Derick Brassard back on ice Wednesday

Derrick Brassard during practice on Tuesday, April 15,

(Credit: Errol Anderson)

Derick Brassard, who left Tuesday's practice with what appeared to be a back issue, returned this morning in Westchester.

Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, injured G Steve Mason was not practicing, and it appears that Ray Emery will be in goal for Game 1.

More coming up shortly......

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My first-round playoff picks

(Credit: AP)

I’d consider going 6-2 a very good forecast on my part.


BRUINS OVER RED WINGS IN 6.   More depth and Rask.

PENS OVER JACKETS IN 6.    Jackets close, but have no Crosby, Malkin

RANGERS OVER FLYERS IN 7.  Lundqvist difference here.

CANADIENS OVER TAMPA IN 7.  Home-ice advantage, and injured Bishop was Lightning MVP


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Derick Brassard's status uncertain; more updates from NYR practice

Derick Brassard of the Rangers checks Jakub Voracek

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

GREENBURGH, N.Y -- Two days before the start of the first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers, Rangers center Derick Brassard may not be 100 percent healthy for Game 1.

After about 40 minutes of practice, Brassard left the ice limping and holding his lower back and was not available to the media afterward.

Asked if Brassard would be ready to play on Thursday, coach Alain Vigneault...

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Derick Brassard leaves practice with lower back pain

Derick Brassard of the Rangers skates in the

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

About 45 minutes into the Rangers first post-season practice -- and two days before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Flyers -- C Derick Brassard left practice limping and holding his lower back. J.T. Miller subbed for him on a line with Benoit Poulito and Mats Zuccarello for the rest of the session.

Missing Brassard would also disrupt the second power play unit. Miller,...

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