Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lineup News: Lundqvist Starts, Staal Out With "Body Injury"

As the New York Rangers get set to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon all eyes were on whether star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist would be in net following his collision with Benoit Pouliot late in Friday’s third period against Montreal.  The good news is that Lundqvist has apparently recovered sufficiently from his stiff neck to play today. 

The bad and surprising news according to Jesse Spector is that Marc Staal will be out of the lineup with a “body injury.”  There were no details on the severity of the injury, timetable for return or obviously the location of the injury.  The reason for the secrecy according to coach John Tortorella is because with the playoffs approaching he does not want opponents to target whatever injured area when he returns to the lineup.

With Staal out Steve Eminger moves up to play with Dan Girardi while Matt Gilroy gets back into the lineup.  The fact that Tortorella did not split of McDonagh and Sauer with this injury is a testimony to how well those two rookies have played both individually and collectively.