MON Injury/Roster Update: Dubinsky, Prust, Elias, Larsson, Luongo, Vlasic
(5/21/12) Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final is set to go Monday night (8 pm EST/5 pm PST) and there are a few injury notes to pass along from the series.
First, Brandon Dubinsky (ankle) has been out since Game 7 of Round 1, but took part in an optional practice on Sunday. He did not wear a non-contact jersey, and there is some speculation that, with Brandon Prust facing possible discipline for his hit on Anton Volchenkov, perhaps Dubinsky draws into the lineup. In regards to the Rangers' roster predicament, John Tortorella said, "I don't know what I am going to do with the lineup.... I don't think [Prust] should be suspended. So, I really haven't gone that far...." (NHL.com).
One other note for the Rangers: Stu Bickel was a healthy scratch in Game 3. After playing all 16 games thus far, Steve Eminger took his place on the blue line. It is unclear which of the two will dress on Monday (Star Ledger).
*Morning Skate TWITTER Update: Prust suspended for one game, Dubinsky skating, Bickel playing forward, and Eminger practicing on D.
For New Jersey, Jacob Josefson is healed up and practicing, but is not likely to crack the lineup on Monday. Josefson has been dealing with a broken wrist for months. Henrik Tallinder (leg) is also back practicing, but he appears to be a long-shot to get back into the lineup for Game 4. Rookie D-man Adam Larsson has now been a healthy scratch for the past 2 straight and is also not expected to play. And, Patrick Elias' nose appears fine and he should be on the ice on Monday night.
In other news, Vancouver Canucks' GM Mike Gillis has stated that there is a "distinct possibility" that Roberto Luongo could remain in a Canucks uniform for the 2012-2013 NHL season. Yes, you did just hear a collective groan from Canucks Nation out on the west coast. The Vancouver Province suggests that this could simply be "posturing" by the team, but unless the Canucks can move Luongo's big contract, losing Cory Schneider instead could potentially be a massive mistake; keeping both might be the team's only option - although we see that as a worst case scenario and unlikely. Luongo will probably be moved this summer.
And a note from San Jose, Marc-Edouard Vlasic has a sprained MCL from the WHCs, but it will not require surgery and he is expected to be ready for training camp in September.