Andrew Gross reports that Jeff Woywitka had to leave practice early today due to a foot injury he sustained blocking a shot Saturday night in Phoenix.
In the event Woywitka can’t go tomorrow, the Rangers have recalled Tim Erixon from the Whale (via Chris Botta).
Gross adds that the recently recalled Stu Bickle will replace Steve Eminger (shoulder) in the line-up tomorrow over Erixon because of his physical play. Erixon will only play if Woywitka can’t go.
Speaking of Eminger, John Tortorella says he will be out 8-10 weeks.
According to Pat Leonard, Torts also says Mike Sauer (concussion) will be out for awhile and Wojtek Wolski (hernia) will be out another week to 10 days.
…holy crap these guys are dropping like flies.
…got to feel for Eminger.
In positive injury news, Gross adds Marc Staal practiced for the first time without a non-contact jersey, however, he has not been cleared for contact yet. He should be cleared in a few days.
…huh? Why would he practice in a regular jersey if he hasn’t been cleared for contact yet?
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Here’s the five lines at practice today also courtesy of Gross…
…should we call the fifth line the “Healthy Scratch” line?
…in all seriousness, with all the forwards healthy it’s really tough for me to complain about Avery not being in the line-up.