There was a mixed blessing of news following the Rangers morning skate Sunday at the MSG Training Center. The good news was that Brandon Dubinsky will be able to return to the lineup this evening when the Blueshirts host the Islanders at The Garden. However the bad news was that both Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto will not be able to play due to injury.
In addition, the Rangers also recalled forward Mats Zuccarello form the Connecticut Whale, though there is no word just yet as to whether or not he will be in the lineup against the Islanders.
Dubinsky had missed the previous two games dur to tremendous sinus pressure, the result of his fight with New Jersey's Ryan Carter Tuesday night. So severe was the pressure that Dubinsky had trouble breathing and sleeping for several days. However he began to feel better the past day or so, and skated on his own Saturday before joining his teammates at Sunday's morning skate.
"I feel good, and I am going to play tonight," stated Dubinsky after the skate Sunday. "My sinuses have cleared up and I can finally breathe, and I feel good about that. I'll keep the gloves on for a little while probably, and try and help this team offensively."
Dubinsky skated alongside Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin during Sunday's morning skate.
Del Zotto will miss his second straight game due to a sore hip, an injury he has been battling for several weeks. It would appear from the morning skate that Steve Eminger will likely once again replace Del Zotto in the lineup, and pair with Anton Stralman tonight.
Callahan had missed three games with a sore foot after blocking a shot against the Devils on February 27th, but had been able to play in each of the last three games---even scoring a goal against Ottawa on Thursday night. However in between games Callahan's foot had remained in a walking boot, and the Rangers decided that he would be unable to play tonight against the Islanders.
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