The Washington Times - May 12, 2013, 03:52PM

NEW YORK | An injury to Ryane Clowe was enough to get Chris Kreider into the Rangers’ lineup for Game 6. It remains to be seen if the forward’s performance will be enough to get him out of coach John Tortorella’s dog house.

With the Rangers missing Clowe (suspected concussion) and Darroll Powe (concussion), Kreider was the choice to fill in against the Washington Capitals. New York is on the brink of elimination.

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Brian Boyle, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin have two goals apiece, while Derick Brassard, Dan Girardi, Arron Asham and Brad Richards have each scored one (courtesy Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News). Rick Nash has yet to score.

Kreider, 22, had five goals and two assists in 18 Stanley Cup playoff games in 2012. He played in Game 1 against the Caps, was a minus-1 and hasn’t seen the ice since.

Kreider scored a memorable goal in Game 1 last season against Braden Holtby and the Caps.

Rookie Tom Wilson will play his second career NHL playoff game for the Caps after making his debut in Game 5 Friday. Wilson played 6:24 and was noticeable on a couple of fourth-line shifts.

Adam Oates and Calle Johansson went back to the previous defensive pairings after flip-flopping John Erskine and Jack Hillen in Game 5. It’s Erskine with John Carlson and Hillen with Steve Oleksy to begin Game 6 at Madison Square Garden.

Here are the full lineups:

WASHINGTON

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Eric Fehr - Mike Ribeiro - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Mathieu Perreault - Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner - Mike Green

John Erskine - John Carlson

Jack Hillen - Steve Oleksy

Braden Holtby (3-2, 1.91, .933)

NEW YORK

Carl Haglein - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan

Mats Zuccarello - Derick Brassard - Rick Nash

Taylor Pyatt - Brian Boyle - Derek Dorsett

Chris Kreider - Brad Richards - Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Michael Del Zotto - Anton Stralman

John Moore - Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist (2-3, 2.28, .927)