Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 5/22/13
Anton Stralman did not participate in the Rangers optional practice a day after being forced to leave Game 3 due to a crushing hit he received along the boards from Milan Lucic. Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record adds that it's not likely that he'll play in Game 4 and that Matt Gilroy or Roman Hamrlik are the likely replacements. No word if Marc Staal, who skated again today, is an option. ...with the Rangers offense struggling mightily, I think Torts has to go with Gilroy. Hell, not even should he be in the line-up, the Rangers head coach should give him a spot on the top power play unit. Can't get worse. ...big loss if Stralman can't go as he's been one of the most under-rated Rangers in the playoffs. ...as far as a possible Staal return, I'd be against it. Why even risk putting him in an uncomfortable situation now. Not worth it. Meanwhile, Chris Kreider, who was forced to leave Game 3 as well after taking a stick to the face, was also absent from the opti...
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