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New York Rangers Expect Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash to Play Tonight Vs Tampa Bay Lightning

February 28th, 2013 at 12:10 PM
By PJ Foti

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For the second consecutive day, both Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh were on the ice, practicing with their New York Ranger teammates.

Rick Nash has missed four straight games (all losses) with an undisclosed injury, and McDonagh missed Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. His injury also wasn't known, but he seems fine and ready to go.

McDonagh is expects to be in the lineup.

“Obviously I wanted to see how I felt after my first skate (yesterday). There was no issues," he said. "I felt even better today. It’s exciting, I’m excited about playing tonight.”

As for Nash, he was reluctant to say whether or not he'd play, calling himself a game-time decision.

“I’ll spend the day and then figure it out tonight,” Nash said. “Everything’s been good, it’s all been positive. I think it’s just a feeling (what he’s testing). I think it’s just hour by hour right now and we’ll make a decision tonight.”

Therefore, fans can expect to see Nash on the ice during warmups, but we won't know whether or not he'll be in the game until it gets closer to 7:00 p.m.

Michael Del Zotto was on the ice as well, but wasn't available to talk to the media after the game. His status is uncertain, but don't be surprised to see him back in the lineup as Stu Bickel skated in a forward's jersey at practice today, even though Matt Gilroy wasn't in attendance.

Gilroy is said to have the flu, so Steve Eminger should be the team's sixth defenseman tonight. It will be the first time in 12 games Gilroy won't be in the lineup for the Rangers.

Aaron Asham was a no-show again at practice, still nursing his back injury.

Of course, in net will be Henrik Lundqivst, taking on Mathieu Garon of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Stay tuned for a game preview.

Tags: Aaron Asham, Hockey, Mathieu Garon, Matt Gilroy, Michael Del Zotto, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, Steve Eminger, Stu Bickel, Tampa Bay Lightning, Winnipeg Jets

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