Veteran center Brad Richards, who was a surprising healthy scratch for Game 4 on Thursday, did not skate with the team in practice on Friday. Instead, the 33-year-old captain skated earlier in the morning with the rest of the extra players and scratches from Thursday night.
Assume that to mean that the lineup will not change for Game 5 on Saturday in Boston.
In avoiding a series sweep by the Bruins with a 4-3 overtime win Thursday, the Rangers improved to 6-1 over the past two seasons in elimination games, 3-0 this season.
Why has the team been so good when facing do-or-die situations?
"There's no give," coach John Tortorella said.
The only player in the lineup Thursday who was not on the ice Friday was overtime hero Chris Kreider, who notched the winner at 7:03 to send the series to Boston. Kreider took a "maintenance day," according to the team; he is expected to play Saturday.