Andrew Gross confirms Avery scratch.
Steve Zipay tweets that Ryan McDonagh, who has been cleared to play tonight, was on the ice at this morning's optional practice. Sean Avery was also in attendence while Wojtek Wolski and Marc Staal were not. This leads Zipay to think that Staal (undisclosed) and Avery will be tonight's scratches.
...with Staal not skating yesterday, pretty much a foregone conclusion he wasn't playing tonight.
....great to see McD back in there.
...unless someone really falls off I don't expect to see too much Avery for the rest of the season.
Speaking of McDonagh, who says pain in his jaw is slowly going away, here are his thought's on the Matt Cooke suspension...
"Like I said after the game, I don't think he's trying to put his team down with a five-minute penalty. It's coming down to the end of the year here, 10 games left for about everybody, and you're trying to get good momentum for the playoffs, keep your playoff spot. That was a close game at the time, and the momentum could go either way. I think he's trying to make a big hit or something like that. Just caught me wrong. I don't think it was his intent. The suspension, it is what it is. The league is really pushing to get these hits out of the game, and if that's a statement, it's a pretty big statement for sure."