Originally written on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 5/11/12

The Rangers held one last practice earlier today before they gear up for Saturday's Game 7 at Madison Square Garden against the Washington Capitals. Nothing overly worthy of headlines came out of it, but there two things to note. 

The first was that rookie Chris Kreider was reunited with Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan on the second line; something many of us pleaded for after Wednesday's loss in Game 6. Kreider has cooled off since his sudden surge earlier in the playoffs, but that's due in part to the fact that he was only receiving fourth line minutes. Now skating with the second line, Chris will have more of an opportunity to flourish, which he's already done while playing with Stepan. 

As wack as it may sound, the Rangers need Kreider's speed and offensive ability now more than ever. The team's been quieted offensively for most of the series and need someone to break the ice here and make a difference. Kreider could very well be that guy in Game 7 just as he was in the series opener. 

The lines were as follows, per Andrew Gross:

Hagelin - Richards - Gaborik

Kreider - Stepan - Callahan

Anisimov - Boyle - Prust

Fedotenko - Mitchell - Rupp

Happy to see Anisimov staying on the third line. He's been quietly effective throughout this entire series. 

ZUCCARELLO PRACTICES

Mats Zuccarello practiced with the team for the first time today. For over a week now, Zuccarello has skated on his own before the rest of the team took the ice, but this morning practiced fully with the club wearing a non-contact jersey. If the Rangers win tomorrow to move on, there's a good chance he will be ready to make his return in the Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils. 

The question then becomes who will come out of the lineup?

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sheldon Richardson escapes felony charges for recent arrest

Lawyer who litigated against NFL: Brady plays every game

Cowboys should sign interested RB Steven Jackson

Jameis Winston confirmed as Buccaneers starting QB

Russell Wilson contract increases likelihood of change

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jim Harbaugh doesn’t care if he’s popular

Johnny Manziel struggles in first day of Browns camp

Report: Wilson, Seahawks agree to four-year, $86.7M contract

Report: Former Jets exec leaked false Deflategate info to ESPN

Belichick on sticking it to NFL: 'Really not very important to me'

Yankees, Astros reportedly both pursuing Craig Kimbrel

Stop kvetching about Notre Dame, please

Rebuttal banner supporting Tom Brady flies over Pats practice

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

LeSean McCoy cancels party, but it wasn't some 'weird orgy'

Redskins making huge mistake by signing Junior Galette

New Blue Jay David Price got a flat tire on his way to Toronto

Five of the worst baseball trades since 2000

Famed ballboy Red Lightning spotted at Falcons camp

Rickie Fowler aces final hole, treats media to free beers

SEC remains college football's best conference

The Rock 'pretty disappointed,' but defends Hulk Hogan

Urban Meyer will make us wait on OSU's starting QB decision

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker