Rangers' Rick Nash says he's hungry for a Stanley Cup

The Rangers' Rick Nash celebrates his second-period goal The Rangers' Rick Nash celebrates his second-period goal against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. (Jan. 19, 2014) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Rick Nash wants to redeem himself in his third playoffs.

The elite power forward, who scored 26 goals this season and has 336 in his career, had one goal and four assists in 12 playoff games last spring, his first with the Rangers, after a goal and two assists in four games with the Blue Jackets in 2009.

"Last year finished not the way we wanted it to, so I think it's important to go into the playoffs with that chip on our shoulder," said Nash, who has won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada. "I am as hungry as ever to win [the Cup]."

Line games

Coach Alain Vigneault declined to reveal his lineup, but judging from practice, it appears that forwards Dan Carcillo and J.T. Miller will not dress. Raphael Diaz and Justin Falk are expected to be the healthy scratches on defense. The Flyers' expected lines are Scott Hartnell-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek; Michael Raffl-Brayden Schenn-Wayne Simmonds; Matt Read-Sean Couturier-Jason Akeson; Zac Rinaldo-Vincent Lecavalier-Adam Hall.

Stepan has hot hand

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Derek Stepan, who scored four goals in the 12 playoff games last season, is coming in hot. He closed with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in the final 23 games . . . A shutout in any game in the series will move Henrik Lundqvist into a tie with Mike Richter in career playoff shutouts with nine. He had two shutouts in 12 postseason games last spring . . . G Cam Talbot, who will back up Lundqvist, will dress for the first time in an NHL playoff game.

10 who are gone

Ten players who dressed in last year's playoffs are no longer with the Rangers. Between them, they collected 16 points: Ryan Callahan (2-2-4), Taylor Pyatt (2-2-4), Arron Asham (2-0-2), Michael Del Zotto (1-1-2), Steve Eminger (0-2-2), Roman Hamrlik (0-1-1) and Ryane Clowe (0-1-1). Darroll Powe, Kris Newbury and Micheal Haley didn't register a point.

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