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Rangers Getting Good Health News For A Change

As I relayed earlier, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi were both back at practice as expected and both will play tomorrow against the Penguins.

Following the good news of Brandon Dubinsky, Erik Christensen and Vinny Prospal all taking part in a full practice there is even more positive news for the three of them in terms of return dates or at least timetables.

The only one certain at the moment is Vinny Prospal. Vinny is a definitely for Thursday and is apparently only being held until then so that he can get in two more full practices for conditioning purposes.  It is still completely unclear what, if anything, can be expected of Prospal considering his age, the injury and the fact he has not played a game in 10 months.  All of that said, I still expect Prospal to get a shot to play with Gaborik immediately, whether at center or on the wing.

Brandon Dubinsky was back on skates today for the first time since he was taken out of the lineup with a stress fracture in his leg.  Dubinsky took part in hard conditioning skate, rest, and then full practice and was said to be feeling good.  He would rule himself out for tomorrow’s game and that it would depend on how the leg responds in the morning.  Jesse Spector tweeted John Tortorella having similar thoughts on Dubinsky in not ruling him out and that if he is pain free he will likely play.

In terms of Christensen and Fedotenko, Darren Dreger tweeted that EC could be back by Saturday and that Fedotenko could be ready within 10 days.

Amazing how all of these guys could be getting healthy basically all at once.  This is great news for the team and the depth of the club, but also means that roster decisions will need to be made both in terms of lines and who plays/sits.

To remind everyone, here are the lines from earlier

Avery-Anisimov-Gaborik
Wolski-Stepan-Callahan
Zuccarello-Boyle-Prust
Grachev-Newbury-Drury

My thoughts on these lines can be found in that same article linked at the top.

If Dubinsky plays these lines will likely change with Avery being the obvious candidate to move down to the fourth line and Grachev sits out.  There could be other shuffling going on with the top three lines depending on if coach Tortorella wants to put Callahan and Dubinsky back together or even reunite the full line of Dubinsky, Anisimov and Callahan.

The only other lineup spot that is not sure is on defense as coach Tortorella would not rule out playing Michael Del Zotto tomorrow despite the fact that Dan Girardi will play.  This would mean someone else would sit, but there will be more on that tomorrow.

5 Responses to “Rangers Getting Good Health News For A Change”

  1. jerry says:

    the only thing i dont like is breaking up the stepan ,zuc,wolski thing it seemed to be working well.put calli on the third line.

    • Dave says:

      I think that has more to do with MZA’s flexibility. MZA can play both wings, Cally/Prust can’t.

  2. Mark says:

    i think that in the begining of the year we had one line clicking on all cylinders…and now we have one line… the nice thing is that no player was on both.. so i think that we should keep thsoe together… The others are a shuffle, of course keeping Boyle and prust together… probably with Fedetenko or Avery.. but who do you scratch? Can you really scratch Drury? he is the one to go… And then it is up to Feds and avery for the lastroster spot if prospal and EC are healthy… last year they were our top line with great chemisty… somethign to hopefulyl get Gabby going

    Prospal,EC, Gabby
    Dubi, AA, Cally
    Wolski, Stepan, Zucc
    Avery/Feds, Boyle, Prust

    I dont think any team can role out 4 lines with this much potential and depth… especially the wya boyle and Prust have played togehter…