Monday, January 31, 2011

Callahan, Girardi Back; Dubinsky, Prospal, Christensen Full Practice; New Lines

Over the past few months with all the injuries the New York Rangers have suffered there have been many negative injury stories.  On that front today is the best injury news day this team has had in a long time. 
In addition to Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi’s expected returns to practice Andrew Gross says that the team saw Brandon Dubinsky, Erik Christensen and Vinny Prospal take part in a full practice.

To say this is great news would be an understatement considering how well the team has played thus far with a depleted roster.  It is likely that only Callahan and Girardi will play tomorrow, but having the other three participate in a full practice says they should be ready in reasonably short order.  Getting Callahan and Girardi back in the lineup adds two critical pieces back to the roster.

Timetables on Prospal, Dubinsky, Christensen, Fedotenko 

New lines with the return of Ryan Callahan...


Maybe it is just me, but these lines confuse me.  The best line over the past few weeks has been that of Wolski, Stepan and Zuccarello.  Ryan Callahan is coming back and is of the same mold as Boyle and Prust and yet you split the best line of the past few weeks up to stick Callahan in that position while putting Zuccarello with two players who play a more grinding style.  Lines never stay the same, so likely not a huge deal, just does not seem to mesh with what has worked.