John Gianone at MSG Networks reports that Del Zotto and Callahan are not expected to play tonight and that Jeff Woywitka will take Del Zotto's spot on defense.
...shocked that Woywitka's in there. I know Torts said he wasn't happy with Eminger's performance since returning from shoulder injury, but I didn't realize he was that far deep in the chateau bow-wow.
Neither Ryan Callahan nor Michael Del Zotto takes part in #NYR optional morning skate, though nothing unusual about that...— New York Rangers (@thenyrangers) March 2, 2012
...Rangers going to need another team effort if these two are out of the line-up tonight, especially against the Bolts who are tough on home ice (19-9-2). Always helps to have Lundqvist back there, just in case.
Meanwhile the Rangers tweet out this pic of Assistant GM Jim Schoefeld giving John Scott a lesson on the Rangers system...
...thought Scott looked pretty good in limited action last night. Seems like a team first guy who should fit in well in the Rangers locker room.
@TheNYRBlog Eminger showed a lot of rust. They're both not ideal options... Interchangeably sub-par, really...
@TheNYRBlog That said don't expect Woywitka experiment to last long so if DZ is out extended time, I'm sure Emmy will be back (by Sunday).
@TheNYRBlog I'm not. I like Emmy but have you watched him play recently? Guaranteed to take at least 1 penalty & can't afford that tonight.
@TheNYRBlog not surprised. Eminger took a lot of stupid penalties. He's still not up to speed I think
@TheNYRBlog yeah that's why I laughed when Torts said "I don't have favorites" cause he sure has whipping boys.
@TheNYRBlog Should I have my girlfriend wear a Richter or Gretzky NYR jersey tonight? I got the Lundqvist ready to go!