Lots of injury news as Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record says that while Ryane Clowe did not practice today, John Tortorella expects him to be an important player for the Rangers in the playoffs.
...with the Newbury recall, it's highly unlikely he'll be in the Rangers line-up against the Devils tomorrow, however, Torts' comments has me optimistic about his return in time for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Gross also reports that Derek Dorsett said he is awaiting a CT Scan to be cleared for contact.
Here's a pic of Dorsett at practice today (via Rangers Instagram)...
...with Clowe's status still up in the air the results of that CT scan are going to be very important.
Ryan Callahan also did not practice today and Gross suspects it has something to do with the shot he blocked with his hand last night.
...that hand looked pretty good sniping home the game winner. I wouldn't be concerned.
Finally, Marc Staal says there is no update on his status.
after he's cleared for contact, how long till dorsett can actually play...an additional 2-3 days? a week?
They should rest Cally tomorrow and make sure that hand's as good as possible for the playoffs. Let Miller get another game in. If someone gets hurt we may need him down the line, so why not let him get another game under his belt.
BTW, totally contradicted myself saying that I feel optimistic about Clowe's return but Dorsett's CT is important b/c Clowe's status is up in the air. Whatever, the Rangers are in the playoffs. lol
@Iron Mike Torts would not say at practice today.
@KevinDeLury @Iron Mike Giving Biron a start against the Devils tomorrow might b a good idea........He hasn't played in a while and with the playoffs next week, it's really the only chance he's gonna get.....Of course I always want Hank in there but we also have to look at the big picture...Just a thought
@rangersfan @KevinDeLury @Dudeinski @Iron Mike Catch 22 well be much harder to play against with staal and Dorset back which might not be until round 2 and clowe is not 100%.
@rangersfan @KevinDeLury @Dudeinski @Iron Mike Agreed - they have over the top offense but besides your points on Cindy the kid there's the Cybil Fleury syndrome, inconsistancy on D and the fact that teams that make too many deadline moves generally find themselves dead early in the playoffs no matter how many weapons they acquire
@KevinDeLury @Dudeinski @Iron Mike Here's a thought: Would you rather face Pittsburgh in the first round with Crosby just back from injury and probably still a little rusty, or face them in the second round after he's had time to warm up?
In the end I guess you have to try and avoid them for as long as possible and hope someone else beats them, but my guess is that Pittsburgh is most vulnerable in the first round. Once they get a series or two under their belt, it'll just get harder to beat them
@HJB91 @craig_atherton @KevinDeLury @Iron I'd rather play Montreal - then Washington as 2nd choice. Not too scared of Pitts either - scary offense, especially with Sid but there are flaws, especially with a goalie who could be like the king one night and junior hockey the next. Boston is tough, physical with consistent goal tending, would rather play them when our big boys return.
@craig_atherton this is great/key point of course.
@craig_atherton @KevinDeLury @Iron Mike neither are going to be easy opponents but for some reason, I'm just not afraid of the Pens this year