Pre-Game In Philly: Dorsett Returns, Moore To Sit

Jim Cerny
BlueshirtsUnited.com

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Nearly two months after suffering a fractured fibula in a road loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 3rd, rugged winger Derek Dorsett will return to game action this afternoon when the Rangers skate against the Philadelphia Flyers in a matinee at the Wells Fargo Center. Veteran center Dominic Moore will be the healthy scratch to make room for Dorsett in the lineup.

"I think it's important for us to see what a line with (Dan) Carcillo and Dorsett would look like," explained head coach Alain Vigneault outside the Rangers dressing room two hours prior to game time. "Dom has done everything we want, and our record has been real good, and he's been playing real well, but sometimes you've got to make some tough decisions--and that's not an easy one considering the way he's been playing."

Dorsett has appeared in 37 games this season and scored three goals while totaling five points. He also leads the team with 103 penalty minutes, and has been a consistent source of energy and solid penalty killer in the games he has played.

Carcillo--acquired from the Kings after Dorsett was injured--has appeared in 16 straight games since making his Rangers debut on January 8th in Chicago. He has scored two goals--including one against his former team, and today's opponent, the Flyers--and played smart, aggressive hockey. The Rangers are 12-4-0 with Carcillo in the lineup, so far.

"I expect to see real smart hockey from whistle to whistle, that's how we play," Vigneault said of teaming the bruising pair of Carcillo and Dorsett with Brian Boyle. 

Considering the intensity of the Rangers-Flyers rivalry, the added toughness Dorsett and Carcillo bring to the lineup could be a very valuable asset this afternoon.

Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal this afternoon for the Rangers, who will turn right around and host the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden Sunday night. Vigneault has not committed to a goaltender for that contest just yet.

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Vigneault was clearly thrilled by Dan Girardi's contract extension, which was announced late Friday afternoon.

In his first public comments since the deal was announced, Vigneault said, "Dan's a New York Ranger, been a Ranger all his life, and he's a big part of our team. For that to get done is very positive for our group."