Lundqvist In; Carcillo Out

The New York Rangers have announced that Henrik Lundqvist will start against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight, while Dan Carcillo will be a healthy scratch for his first game as a Ranger.

Carcillo said he's still adjusting to east coast time, so he understands why he's sitting in the press box tonight.

Carcillo also joked that he had to scan the Rangers roster after hearing about the trade to see if there was still anyone on the team who hated him from his days as a Flyer…

"I was kind of shocked, but I welcome it. This is a good place to be. Great team. Young. It's a great opportunity to bring whatever I can with leadership and experience, and help in any way they want me to."

Carcillo added this on what went wrong after leaving Philly…

"My time in Chicago was hard because of the injuries and trying to come back from that, but the organization was great to me and obviously winning was a great experience. This year I started feeling like myself again. It took me a few years, so that's encouraging."

Here's Alain Vigneault on what Carcillo brings to the table…

"He brings an energy level..a physical dimension that I think teams need. You need that greasy type player that brings that emotion and energy and grinding game to the forefront. I think Dan brings that. He's done it in the past, and when we do need him I think he'll be a good force for us."

…with AV's propensity not to tinker with a lineup after a win, I'm not shocked at all to see Carcillo as a healthy scratch. In fact, I'm more surprised that Lundqvist is getting the start.

…listen, Talbot is nowhere near the goaltender Lundqvist is, but with the way the Rangers play in front of him, he doesn't need to be. I'd much rather have a great effort in front of a good goaltender than a poor showing in front of an elite netminder. And that's exactly the scenario playing out for the Blueshirts this season.

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