The lineup tinkering at practice continued, with Derek Stepan stepping up to the top line LW with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. The full lines:
Derek Stepan-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp-Erik Christensen-Mats Zuccarello
The defensive pairings remained the same, as Mike Sauer sat out another day of practice. Wojtek Wolski also sat out with his wonky groin. It is expected that Sauer will be back on Saturday when the Rangers “open” their North American season against the Islanders and the World’s Stickiest Coliseum. There is no timetable for Wolski’s return, or Marc Staal’s for that matter.