Rangers' Boyle 'all good' for Game 1; Lightning's Callahan day to day

ByJoe McDonald ESPN logo
Friday, May 15, 2015

NEW YORK -- Leading up to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, both teams are dealing with injuries.

For the Rangers, defenseman Dan Boyle practiced with the team Friday and will be available for Game 1, according to coach Alain Vigneault.

"All good," Vigneault said.

Boyle exited Game 7 of the second-round series against the Washington Capitals in the third period after he was hit by the Capitals' Brooks Orpik. Boyle was clearly shaken up on the play. A team trainer tended to him and Boyle was finally able to skate off on his own. He did not return to the game.

After the team's practice Friday, Boyle did not meet with the media.

Also for New York, forward Tanner Glass did not practice Friday. Vigneault described Glass' absence as a maintenance day and said he should be in the lineup for Game 1 against the Lightning.

"At this time I would say yes," Vigneault said. "Today was an extra maintenance day, so unless something changes from now until tomorrow afternoon, I would say yes."

It's also possible injured Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (upper body) could return to the lineup at some point during this series, according to Vigneault. Zuccarello was injured during Game 5 of the first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Vigneault said the forward has been working out and the last thing he needs to do is skate.

For Tampa, forward Ryan Callahan remains day-to-day after he missed Game 6 of the second-round series against the Montreal Canadiens due to an emergency appendectomy Monday. He practiced with the team Friday at Madison Square Garden.

"It's going to be a pain-tolerance thing," said Tampa coach Jon Cooper. "We're not going to put him in a situation where he can get hurt worse, but we've been told everything went well. It's definitely sore, but with every day it's getting better. So ultimately it's going to come down to Ryan Callahan and how much pain he's in."

Vigneault, who coached Callahan in New York, believes the gritty forward will be in the lineup for Game 1.

"I would expect him to be in there tomorrow, knowing him and who he is," Vigneault said.