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Brandon Dubinsky, Mats Zuccarello could be back

Brandon Dubinsky controls the puck during NHL hockey

Brandon Dubinsky controls the puck during NHL hockey practice at Madison Square Garden. (May 22, 2012) Credit: AP

Decisions, decisions.

No matter what Rangers coach John Tortorella decides to tell the media, he is at least weighing the possibility of having Brandon Dubinsky and Mats Zuccarello back in the lineup.

Tortorella said he had "no update" on the pair, adding that he had not talked to trainer Jim Ramsay about their progress. But Dubinsky, out with a right ankle injury since April 26, practiced again with the team. And Zuccarello, sidelined since March 23 with a fractured wrist, was also on ice with the first-teamers Tuesday.

They might provide an offensive spark for a team in an Eastern Conference finals in which only four forwards have scored. Chris Kreider has three goals, Ryan Callahan, Artem Anisimov and Ruslan Fedotenko one each. Defensemen Dan Girardi, with two, and Marc Staal, with one, round out the scoresheet.

With Brandon Prust having served his one-game suspension for a high hit on the Devils' Anton Volchenkov and expected to be back Wednesday night for Game 5, someone would have to sit to make room for Dubinsky or Zuccarello.

"I'm feeling better and we'll see how it feels tomorrow again," Dubinsky said. "Every day with an injury, it gets better with treatment as you go, so we're certainly on the right path. It's just a matter of time. I want to play each and every game, especially here in the playoffs, but again, I have to make sure I'm at a point where I'm going to help the team, not hurt the team."

Zuccarello was not available after practice.

Prust's return will be welcome, Mike Rupp said. "Brandon plays with energy and passion -- heart on his sleeve. He epitomizes what we like to be as a team so it will be big having him back."

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