Callahan Practices On Limited Basis

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan was back on the ice with his teammates Monday morning at the MSG Training Center, albeit wearing the bright yellow non-contact jersey. Still the sight of Callahan taking part in most drills less than a week after suffering a subluxed left shoulder against the Flyers last Tuesday was, by all accounts, a very good thing.

"It feels a lot better, I was even able to shoot and do some strength stuff on it," Callahan said of his injured shoulder after practice. "This is the first step you take in coming back. Obviously there was no contact, so that would be the next step---taking part in contact drills. Definitely, it was a positive, though. It just felt great to get back out there."

Callahan certainly was in high spirits on the ice, celebrating in loud fashion after beating Henrik Lundqvist during one drill, and looked as though his conditioning has not been affected despite being off skates for five days. Despite all the good feelings on Monday, Callahan would not guess as to when he might be able to return to game action.

"It's hard to say because I have to see how (the shoulder) reacts," explained Callahan. "The work I did today is the most I have done with (the shoulder). We'll just have to take it from here. But when that day comes when I come back I'm going to be playing the same way as I did before."

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Rookie Chris Kreider also wore a yellow non-contact jersey at practice on Monday. Kreider, who has been skating since the middle of last week in optional workouts, took part in his first official practice in two weeks. He has been sidelined with a chipped bone in his ankle.

After practice Kreider said that he did not believe he'd be ready to rejoin the lineup Tuesday in New Jersey, pointing to his lack of mobility as the reason why, not because of the pain in his ankle. Kerider has sat outt he last five games after playing in the first three contests of the season.

A bit later on head coach John Tortorella said there was no guarantee that Kreider would immediately return to the Rangers lineup when medically cleared to play.

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Henrik Lundqvist had his first game off Saturday night in Tampa as Marty Biron backstopped the 3-2 victory over the Lightning.

But after one night of watching, Lundqvist is more than ready to get back between the pipes when the Blueshirts face the Devils at the Prudential Center Tuesday night.

"Absolutely I'm ready to go back in there," said Lundqvist on Monday. "I got to sit out a game, get a little rest, enjoy the game, and learn a little bit by watching it, but i am definitely anxious and excited to be playing again."

Lundqvist started the Rangers first seven games this season, winning three of them and posting a 2.78 goals against average and .904 save percentage.