GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12: Ryane Clowe #29 of the San Jose Sharks during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on December 12, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 2-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that despite still not practicing Brian Boyle (right leg) and Ryane Clowe (undisclosed) will travel with the team to Washington.
...while this obviously doesn't mean they're playing in Game 1, they're not, I am encouraged that the Rangers are allowing Clowe to fly as anyone with a severe concussion is usually prohibited from traveling on a plane.
Gross adds that Marc Staal (eye) and Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle), who is still wearing non-contact jersey, will also make the trip, but neither is likely to play. Staal told Pat Leonard at the Daily News this about his status for Game 1 after practice...
"I'm not gonna ... probably not going to play tomorrow."
...no surprise here. Although, Ovechkin is probably licking his chops knowing Staal won't be in the line-up for at least Game 1. Hopefully, Girardi and McDonagh will remind him that the Rangers have other capable defenseman and Del Zotto will be no where near him.
Henrik Lundqvist returned to practice after being given the day off yesterday to rest.
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