Girardi, Powe, Del Zotto Back at Practice; Nash, McDonagh, Asham Not So Much

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Dan Girardi (ankle), Darroll Powe (concussion) and Michael Del Zotto (lower body) all returned to practice this morning.

According to Patrick Kearns at the Fourth Period, Powe is good to go tomorrow vs. the Jets, while Girardi tells Pat Leonard at the Daily News he's fine.

…checking Girardi's bio to see if he was, in fact, born on the planet Krypton.

…i'm really in a state of disbelief that Girardi is back out there. I was 100% convinced his ankle exploded Saturday night. Guy is a warrior.

…very excited to see  hear Powe will be back in the line-up. It seems like the Rangers tailspin began when he went down. Really threw the line-up out of whack. With Powe on the sideline, Torts lost all confidence in the fourth line and has relied too much on his top players.

Not all good news from practice as Rick Nash (undisclosed) , Ryan McDonagh (likely concussion) and Arron Asham (back spasms) were absent.

John Tortorella told Steve Zipay at Newsday that he wasn't sure about Nash or McDonagh's status for tomorrow.

…officially concerned about Nash. If he didn't practice today you have to assume he's out for tomorrow. Also alarming that the team has yet to take him off the IR, despite being eligible to come off yesterday.

…sick to my stomach that McDonagh is not practicing. Looking like another dreaded concussion for the Rangers.

Also from practice, Gross reports that John Tortorella was frustrated with the team at times and the players left the ice in unison which is a good sign that the Rangers head coach was displeased with the effort.

…completely embarrassed in Montreal and they come out with a half-ass effort? Way to have some pride boys.

Here are the lines from practice…

Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Darroll Powe-Brian Boyle-J.T. Miller
Brandon Mashinter-Jeff Halpern-Stu Bickel
extras: Christian Thomas-Chris Kreider

…while I disagree, the fact that Bickel is in the line-up over Kreider and Thomas proves that Torts is concerned about the team's toughness.

…got to be tough for Kreider to stay confident right now. Having said that, he really hasn't done much to warrant a guaranteed spot in the line-up.

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