Daniel Carcillo could make Rangers debut Wednesday against Blackhawks
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Daniel Carcillo, who practiced but didn't play against the Blue Jackets Monday night, could make his Rangers debut Wednesday night against the team with which he won a Stanley Cup: the Blackhawks.
Coach Alain Vigneault didn't announce his road lineup, but he said Carcillo "brings an energy level, a physical dimension . . . You need that greasy-type player now and again to bring emotion and energy and a grinding game to the forefront . . . The way he plays, finishing checks, always playing on the edge, is another form of toughness."
Carcillo, 28, obtained from Los Angeles for a seventh-round draft pick, has a reputation that precedes him. Having accumulated 1,136 penalty minutes since 2006-07, he was asked if he has adjusted after being fined or suspended by the NHL 10 times in his career.
"No, I love losing money," he said sarcastically. "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 . . . 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. I just try to keep my nose clean after the whistles, say sorry to the refs I've [ticked] off and play within the rules."
8 Rangers in Olympics?
Henrik Lundqvist is a lock for Team Sweden, as is Mats Zuccarello for Team Norway. But Rick Nash, who played for Canada in 2006 and 2010; Marc Staal (Canada), healthy now but injured for much of the last two seasons, and Carl Hagelin, who would be a fourth-liner for Sweden, officially will learn Tuesday if they were chosen to play in the Olympics. With Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan on the U.S. squad, the Rangers could have as many as eight players in Sochi.