Staal Clowe Powe not on ice for Rangers optional.
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) May 16, 2013
…assuming no one is surprised by this. I don't even want to speculate when either of these guys will be available. Maybe, Game 3 the earliest. I'd say Clowe is probably closer than Staal.
Luckily for the Rangers, the Bruins are just a beat up and will likely be relying on inexperienced defensemen tonight….
Julien also says "doesn't look good" for Ference, Seidenberg and Redden.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) May 16, 2013
Filling in for those three will be Matt Bartkowski (20 career regular season games), Torrey Krug (3 career regular season games) and Dougie Hamilton (42 career regular season games). Both Bartkowski and Hamilton played in the epic Game 7 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Bartkowski scored) while Krug was recalled from the Providence Bruins of the AHL.
…with three young guys on defense for the Bruins tonight, establishing a forecheck early will be more important then ever for the Rangers. Have to assume constant pressure on the inexperienced defensemen should lead to numerous turnovers and increased time in Boston's endzone.
Also of note, Bruins forward Brad Marchand left this morning's skate “wincing in pain” after what appeared to be an injury, but will play tonight.
…another huge break for the Rangers if Marchant will be compromised tonight in any way.