Rangers head coach John Tortorella announced two hours before the drop of the puck against the Panthers Sunday that Erik Christensen would return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in eight straight games. To make room for Christensen, Tortorella said that Sean Avery would be a healthy scratch. "Sean played some good games for us when he came up, but I think it's leveled off," explained Tortorella. "But to be fair to him, I haven't put him on the ice so it's awfully difficult to play that way. I have other players doing the things I need done in situations that Sean is just not getting involved in. I want to give Erik another chance, and also the shootout is a situation where we have struggled (and where Christensen could help)." Tortorella added that Christensen, who has one goal and four points in 16 games played this season, could see some time on the second power play unit tonight, while he centers a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Brandon Prust on the wings at even strength. "He has done his work as far as being out of the lineup, and he has worked hard," the head coach said of Christensen. "You can see he shows signs of his talent and skill, but it's been a shift here, a shift there. We're hoping that he becomes more consistent." Share your thoughts on the lineup move below.
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