Boyle & Biron in Rangers Lineup Tonight

All 22 players took part in Thursday's morning skate at the MSG Training Center as the Rangers get ready for tonight's battle with the Islanders at Madison Square Garden, and two of those players will be making a return to the Blueshirts lineup.

Brian Boyle, who was a healthy scratch for the last three games, is being resinserted into the lineup this evening by head coach John Tortorella, with rookie Chris Kreider the healthy forward scratch. And Martin Biron will make his second start of the season in goal, with Henrik Lundqvist receiving the night off.

Boyle wore an intense look when speaking with reporters following the morning skate, and admited to being angry at being out of the lineup "because I love to play." However, the hulking cenet also admitted that he needs to play "much better" in all phases of the game, in particular offensively where he has no goals and just one assist in nine games this season.

"I want to play, and it (stinks) not playing, but now I am playing tonight and I am happy and excited about that," said Boyle. "I just have to play better, go out and play and not worry about anything else. I know i can do it because I have done it before. And I have to do it again if I want to play the minutes I know I can play."

The 28 year-old Boyle had not been a healthy scratch since the 2009-10 season, and had become a staple as the Rangers third-line center, as well as one of the key penalty killers on the team. He centered a line with rookie J.T. Miller and veteran Taylor Pyatt during the morning skate, with Miller shifting from center to wing in order to accomodate Boyle's return.

"I can't control the decision in terms of what (Tortorella) wants to do, but I know I can play better---and I'm going to," offered Boyle. "I wasn't playing well enough, and it is what it is and it's over, but now I'm back and I have to create more offense and be sharper on the PK. That's what I want to do tonight."


Biron, who has a sparkling 21-4-2 career record against the Islanders with a 2.03 goals against average, .930 save percentage, and two shutouts in 28 appearances, will play in his third game of 2013, and make his second start, this evening. The veteran netminder stopped 30 of 32 shots to backstop the Rangers 3-2 road victory in Tampa 12 days ago. On the season he has a 1.98 goals against average and .942 save percentage in two appearances.

With the former Islander, Biron, starting against his former team tonight, Henrik Lundqvist will get some much-earned rest. Lundqvist has started 11 of the Rangers first 12 games, and faced 40 shots---including another four in the shootout---Tuesday night in Boston.

"There have been a lot of games for me lately, which is good, it makes me happy seeing a lot of minutes to get me back to where I want to be," Lundqvist said getting in some extra practice following the morning skate. "Tonight I get to relax, get some rest, and enjoy the game. And then when I sit out I am so excited to get back in there. So I'll be ready (Sunday)."


The Rangers skated the following lines at Thursday's morning skate:





Kreider and Stu Bickel were the extras and will both be scratched this evening. Steve Eminger was assigned to the Connecticut Whale for conditioning purposes on Wednesday.

So what do you think about Brian Boyle returning to the lineup tonight? And what of the decision to give Marty Biron the start in goal? Let us know what you think below.

Feb 14 - 5:03pm