Staal, Del Zotto Game Time Decisions; Biron, Thomas In; Asham, Lundqvist Out

In what was one of the crazier news related pre game practices, Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that both Marc Staal (Flu) and Michael Del Zotto (lower body) will be game time decisions tonight in Montreal.

Gross adds that seeing Del Zotto walking slowly out of Bell Centre has him thinking the Rangers defenseman won't be playing tonight.

Here's what the defensive pairings will likely look like without Staal or Del Zotto…

McDonagh-Girardi
Gilroy-Stralman
Bickel-Eminger

…oof that's bad. Never wanted Del Zotto in the line-up so bad in my life.

At least we have old reliable Henrik Lundqv….wait, what is that you say? Marty Biron is getting the start tonight?

…i know Lundqvist has been dreadful at the Bell Centre, but Torts tried this strategy last year and Biron fared no better. With the Rangers slipping a bit and possibly playing with a skeleton crew, I would have liked to see the King in there.

Finally, Gross says that Arron Asham will once again be out of the line-up with Christian Thomas, who is late arriving due to mechanical issues with his airplane, taking his spot in the line-up.

Here are the expected forward lines…

Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan
Pyatt-Richards-Gaborik
Kreider-Halpern-Miller
Mashinter-Boyle-Thomas

…you know what? I actually really like these lines. Very balanced. Love Halpern's speed with Kreider and Miller. The Rangers may have a chance in this game yet.

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