Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 5/21/12

CALGARY, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 15: Brandon Prust #33 of the Calgary Flames gets a hand in the face during a fight with Zack Stortini #46 of the Edmonton Oilers in the first period of the pre-season NHL game on September 15, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)
Whether you agree with the suspension or not, Brandon Prust will not be playing in tonight’s Game 4 against the Devils. With the opportunity to build a two game lead, the Rangers will be without one of their warriors and top penalty killers. It’s a blow, but not a blow that can’t be overcome. Unlike with Carl Hagelin, the Rangers have a few options readily available to replace Prust for the one game ban. Option 1: Brandon Dubinsky This option is the best option for the Rangers. With Dubi cleared for contact and partaking in optional skates, he is on the cusp of retuning to action. It has to be assumed that if Dubi can play, then he will play. Dubi would be a perfect fit to replace Prust, as Dubi can slide in quietly to a fourth lin role for this game, and ease back into playoff hockey. Plus, if Dubi comes back, the penalty kill won’t suffer too much with Prust out. Option 2: Insert Stu Bickel at forward While not the best option, this is probably the most likely option for the Rang...
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