Back On The Ice

It was a mixed bag of news for the Rangers Friday at practice. On the positive side, team captain Ryan Callahan and defenseman Michael Del Zotto both were able to get back on the ice and take part in practice for the first time in more than a week. However on the flip side Artem Anisimov, Steve Eminger, and Ruslan Fedotenko all were unable to practice due to undisclosed injuries.

Callahan has missed the last three games with a sore foot. He originally missed three games with the injury from March  1-4 and then played in three games after that ---scoring one goal, while also posting a -6 plus/minus rating---before sitting out again.

"I don't know, I have no idea (if I can play Saturday)," said Callahan after practice. "It depends on how it feels. If I wake up tomorrow and it feels great, there's a good chance that I will play. So we will know more tomorrow."

Callahan skated on a line with Derek Stepan and Brandon Dubinsky during practice Friday.

"(The top line) has been great, real fun to watch for sure, and they have been playing really good together," Callahan said of Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik-Carl Hagelin. "But hopefully I can come back and contribute and help out offensively."

Del Zotto has sat out four straight games with a sore hip---an injury that originally occurred on February 25th. After gutting it out for several games Del Zotto finally had to head to the sidelines to rest the hip.

"I just didn't feel myself out there, and it was pretty obvious with the way I played," said Del Zotto, who has 35 points in 65 games played this season. "The pain is something you can deal with, but if I am going to be a liability out there, there's no point in me playing. I want to do what's best for the team. If I can help the team then I will play, but I want to be healthy and stay healthy for a long playoff run here."

Like Callahan, Del Zotto said that he will se ehow he feels tomorrow morning and then decide if he can play against the Avalanche tomorrow night at The Garden.

Anisimov, Eminger, and Fedotenko all missed practice, with head coach John Tortorella simply calling all three "hurt" and "out" for Friday. He would not say what each injury was and whether or not any of the three could play on Saturday.

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