With the Rangers staring elimination in the face and desperate for a spark, Alain Vigneault might turn to Dan Carcillo, who is eligible to play tonight after serving a six game suspension for roughing up an official.
Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that the Carcillo most likely will replace Derek Dorsett, who played only three shifts in Game 3 due to a possible injury.
After this morning’s optional practice, Carcillo said he doesn’t know if he’ll be in the lineup tonight, but hopes to bring energy if he is.
During Vigneault’s press conference, he added that Carcillo would bring “good energy.”
Carcillo had a huge impact in the Flyers series as he scored twice including the opening goal in Game 7. The Rangers are 4-4 in the eight postseason games he’s played in.
Carcillo sports a 50% postseason Corsi (% of team shots for vs. against when he’s on the ice) which is 6.4% higher than the team average Corsi%. He also has an obscene 18.2% shooting percentage this spring.
Carcillo was a member of the 2010 Flyers who rebounded from a 3-0 series against the Bruins.
…the guy has provided a spark whenever called upon in both the regular season and postseason. He’s also a veteran presence who’s been in big games during his career.
….he’s also a former member of the Kings so I bet he knows about a few skeletons in the closet of the LA players and could use it to his advantage tonight.
…despite the incident with the linesman, Carcillo has for the most part been very disciplined as a member of the Rangers, so I’m not concerned about him handing the Kings power plays on a silver platter.