Rangers make more changes for Game 4


The New York Rangers were already set to look very different in Game 4 against the Boston Bruins by shockingly scratching Brad Richards. It turns out that won’t be the only lineup alteration.

As the Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross notes, Michael Haley, Kris Newbury, Chris Kreider and Roman Hamrlik will be in the lineup. For injury or perceived performance-related reasons, Richards, Anton Stralman, Marc Staal, Ryane Clowe and Aaron Asham won’t play. (Gross seems perplexed by inserting Haley and Newbury into the mix and also wonders why the Rangers are allowing Hamrlik to make his 2013 postseason debut instead of rolling with Matt Gilroy.)

While the Rangers seem to be in significant turmoil, the Bruins will roll with the same players as they have in Games 1-3. Some wondered if Dennis Seidenberg would return, yet’s Joe Haggerty explains that it might be foolish to roll the dice with his health with a 3-0 series lead.

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.