In a piece of tremendous news, Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Ryan Callahan participated in line drills during the morning skate and will play on a line with J.T. Miller and Chris Kreider tonight against the Islanders.
To make room for Callahan in the line-up, Brian Boyle will be a healthy scratch. Steve Zipay at Newsday has this from Boyle on taking a seat in the press box…
"Nobody's fault but mine. No moral victories when you're 4-5…not for lack of effort. I work as hard as I can every day. It's focus, don't have edge I need"
Unfortunately, there was some bad news this morning also, as Dan Girardi will miss his second straight game tonight. He tested his injury (likely foot/ankle) during the skate, but came off before line rushes began. Gross notes that Tortorella would only say Girardi is still "banged up"and is "day-to-day."
Steve Eminger will fill in for Girardi meaning Stu Bickel will be the healthy scratch.
Here are the lines from practice:
Marian Gaborik-Brad Richards-Taylor Pyatt
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Chris Kreider-J.T. Miller-Ryan Callahan
Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Ryan McDonagh-Steve Eminger
Michael Del Zotto-Matt Gilroy
No word on the starting goaltender, but I assume it'll be Henrik Lundqvist.
…so much for two weeks on Cally. Great to see him back and ready to go, but hope they're not rushing him because of the Rangers recent uninspired play. Interesting to see Torts put him on a line with the two kids.
…to be honest I'm not a fan of the lines. I know Pyatt started the season hot, but he has no business being on the top line. Would rather see Cally in that spot.
…officially starting to panic with the Girardi injury. Good that he at least attempted to skate on it today. Not good that he couldn't finish the practice.
…kudos to Torts for finally getting Eminger in there for Bickel. The only reason Bickel should be in the line-up at this point is if a physical game is anticipated.