Dorsett making his Rangers’ debut this afternoon


After losing Game 1 of their first-round series against the Washington Capitals, the New York Rangers will get some extra help this afternoon.

26-year-old forward Derek Dorsett is expected to make his New York debut, based on the Rangers’ report on Twitter and ESPN’s Katie Strang.

He’s projected to play alongside Taylor Pyatt and Derick Brassard on the Rangers’ third line.

Dorsett was acquired by New York on April 3 from the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the Marian Gaborik trade. However, Dorsett hasn’t played since March 7 due to a fractured clavicle. He’s a physical forward who had nine points, 53 penalty minutes, and 55 hits in 24 games in the 2013 regular season.

Brian Boyle is also expected to be inserted into the lineup while Chris Kreider and Kris Newbury are projected to be scratched.

The Washington Capitals’ lineup is unchanged, according to the Washington Times.

The game will start at 12:30 p.m. ET and is on NBC.