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Game 6: No lineup changes for Devils, Rangers may flip Eminger for Bickel

May 25, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

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Heading into the first elimination game of the Eastern Conference finals, the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers will ice near-identical lineups to the ones from last game.

For New Jersey, Game 6 will be a mirror image of Game 5:

Zach PariseTravis ZajacDainius Zubrus
Patrik EliasAdam HenriqueIlya Kovalchuk
Alexei PonikarovskyJacob JosefsonDavid Clarkson
Ryan CarterStephen GiontaSteve Bernier

Bryce SalvadorMarek Zidlicky
Andy GreeneMark Fayne
Peter HarroldAnton Volchenkov

Martin Brodeur
Johan Hedberg

That means no Adam Larsson or Petr Skyora for the Devils, though those scratches weren’t surprising.

As for New York, it sounds as though Steve Eminger will draw in for Stu Bickel as the third-pairing defenseman (with Michael Del Zotto, presumably.) Eminger didn’t play in Game 5 but did see 14:24 of ice time in Game 4.

That leaves the Rangers lineup looking like this:

Carl HagelinBrad RichardsChris Kreider
Brandon DubinskyArtem AnisimovRyan Callahan
Ruslan FedotenkoDerek StepanMarian Gaborik
Mike RuppBrian BoyleBrandon Prust

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Marc StaalAnton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto – Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

  1. mianfr - May 25, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Eminger actually played very well in Game Four, so I’m glad to see he’ll have a more active role here. Especially since he’ll be paired with Del Zotto, whose head (understandably) hasn’t really been in the right place lately.

  2. spavs412 - May 25, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    What’s up with petr sykora? Is he that old now? Still has a greT release he helped Geno a ton in pgh

    • martysbetter - May 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      Switched him out for younger legs in Josefson, still has the shot but he’s looked a little slow out there since near the end of the regular season.

  3. nicknyhc - May 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Del Zotto should sit this game, the guy is a liability lately.

  4. martysbetter - May 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    FINISH THEM!

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