Rangers head coach John Tortorella reported at Thursday's morning skate in Ottawa that Brandon Dubinsky "is out" for tonight's match against the Senators, and that Martin Biron will make his 17th start of the season in goal for the Blueshirts.
While Tortorella did not elaborate on Dubinsky's injuries, the Rangers' forward did admit that he is having troubles breathing properly and that his hand also hurts, both the result of his fight with New Jersey's Ryan Carter on Tuesday night.
"I'm OK," said Dubinsky Thursday morning. "I took it in the nose pretty good, and there is a lot of pressure there. Sleeping is an issue because when I lie down the pressure builds in there; and skating potentially could be a wind issue. I hurt my hand, too, so it will take a couple of days."
It is expected that John Mitchell, scratched Tuesday in New Jersey, will return to the lineup this evening, though Tortorella would not commit to what his lineup would be. In addition on defense, based on Wednesday's practice pairs, it would seem that Anton Stralman, also a healthy scratch against the Devils, will return to the lineup tonight.
Biron is coming off of a 23-save performance in backstopping a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes on the road last Thursday. Overall he is 11-3-2 with a 2.20 goals against average and .911 save percentage on the season. Tonight will mark his first appearance against the Senators this season. In 30 games against Ottawa over his career, Biron is 14-9-4 with a 2.79 goals against average and two shutouts.
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