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Sauer In, Woywitka Out; Zuccarello Injured?

The big news from this morning is that defenseman Mike Sauer will in fact be in the lineup tonight for the New York Rangers after missing the the majority of the first seven games with a sprained shoulder. That means tha Jeff Woywitka will be the healthy scratch. In other injury news, it looks like Mike Rupp might miss tonight’s home opener with a nagging knee injury. That won’t effect the lineup too much though, if the lines below (per Katie Strang of ESPN NY) are what coach John Tortorella sticks with:

Ruslan Fedotenko-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Wojtek Wolski-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Erik Christensen-Artem Anisimov-Mike Rupp/Kris Newbury

It looks like one of Rupp or Newbury will be the healthy scratch against the Leafs tonight, depending on Rupp’s status. The Leafs are a tough team off to a hot start, and they are always very physical against the Rangers. The assumption with leaving Christensen in the lineup in lieu of some added toughness is to provide Anisimov with some semblance of skill on his line. Either way, it will be interesting to see how Fedotenko plays with the Richards/Gaborik connection, and how long he lasts on that top line. Expect some line juggling tonight if these don’t mesh.

In some AHL news, The New York Rangers Blog has picked up on a Norwegian website claiming that Mats Zuccarello has suffered a concussion as a result of the cheap Adam Mair hit. It is unknown how long he will be out, or the validity of the article itself. So, take it for what it’s worth.

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  • Welcome back Mike, we sure missed your big frame behind our blueline.

    Why is it that whenever we get a big enforcer type of a player, they don’t last very long with us due to injuries, or in big Don’s case, the loss of gonads. We had Orr, and let him go, and have been trying to replace him ever since, with the likes of Shelly, Broushare (spelling?), Boogie man, and now Rupp. Rupp, get well will you!!

    • It’s funny I was just saying that to a friend on the phone way you were writing it.I guess they get hurt sitting on the bench so much.But I really thought that they Rupp with the intention of playing a regular shift.Rupp always looked good against us and he was origanally a first rounder.So he has some talent.And Brashear was hurt too.

  • With the way Kessel is playing we are really going to miss our shadow tonight.I almost felt bad for Burke for how that trade was working out.I wonder if Kessel just hot or is he back to his old self.Anyway,Stall’s absence will be noticable tonight.Can’t wait for the game to start,its time for us to start making the Garden a place teams don’t want play.Let’s Go Rangers!

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