Dan Rosen at NHL.com has today's lineup for the New York Rangers as they take on HC Sparta.
Defenders in the lineup: Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon, Stu Bickel and Brendan Bell.
Having Prust back in action is a big boost for the Rangers and signals he is back from offseason shoulder surgery. Up front the team is playing virtually their entire starting lineup other than Boyle being out because of the flu. I am in favor of the idea of putting Fedotenko with Stepan and Zuccarello and having Rupp play with what will be Boyle and Prust. Feds will bring more offensively to the third line and Rupp with Boyle and Prust could just beat the other team into submission.
Very curious to see reports on which defenders are paired up this afternoon. The one that makes the most sense from the past would be Del Zotto with Eminger and the other up for grabs.