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NHL playoffs: Rangers' Marc Staal out, Ryane Clowe in

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NEW YORK | Marc Staal unexpectedly is not in the Rangers’ lineup for Game 4 against the Capitals on Wednesday night, while Ryane Clowe is making his series debut.

Staal played 17:17 in Game 3 Monday night, his first game since suffering a right eye injury March 5. He said not having perfect, “20/20” vision was something he would adjust to.

Instead, he’s scratched and ex-Washington defenseman Steve Eminger is back in.

Up front, left wing Ryane Clowe is in, hours after he said there was a “good chance” he’d play. It’s his first game since April 25.

There might have been a couple setbacks, and you just try to keep moving forward,” Clowe said after the Rangers’ optional morning skate at Madison Square Garden. “But I think obviously [Tuesday] I did some contact for first time and felt good today, so hopefully I’ll be in tonight.”

Clowe replaces forward Darroll Powe, who suffered what appeared to be a concussion in a Game 3 collision with Joel Ward.

No lineup changes for the Caps.

WASHINGTON

Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – Alex Ovechkin

Martin Erat – Mike Ribeiro – Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera – Mathieu Perreault – Eric Fehr

Matt Hendricks – Jay Beagle – Joel Ward

Karl Alzner – Mike Green

John Erskine – John Carlson

Jack Hillen – Steve Oleksy

Braden Holtby

NEW YORK

Rick Nash – Derek Stepan – Ryan Callahan

Brian Boyle – Derick Brassard – Mats Zuccarrello

Taylor Pyatt – Brad Richards – Carl Hagelin

Ryane Clowe – Derek Dorsett – Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi

John Moore – Anton Stralman

Michal Del Zotto – Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist

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