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Banged up Rangers hope maintenance day helps heal their wounds

Mar 3, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

Ryan Callahan, Ruslan Fedotenko, Dan Giradi AP

With the Rangers set for a big afternoon tilt against the Bruins (12:30 p.m. ET on NBC) they’re dealing with a host of nagging injuries of their own.

As Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants reports, Ruslan Fedotenko (foot) and Dan Girardi (arm) were both given maintenance days to rest their injuries. Adding those two to the injury pile with captain Ryan Callahan who’s got a foot injury of his own and Michael Del Zotto with a hip injury and you’ve got quite the who’s-who of banged up New Yorkers.

As for Callahan’s health, coach John Tortorella tells Gross that the captain is itchy to play despite his injury.

“Yeah,” Tortorella said. “I’m not sure where it stands but he wants to play.”

Hey that’s what captains do after all.

While their opponents, the Boston Bruins, will be without backup goalie Tuukka Rask thanks to a leg injury in today’s game, it’s a game the Rangers need to win in order to keep their cushion atop the Eastern Conference steady.

  1. sbs0311 - Mar 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    The Rangers have a 10-point lead. If they lose tomorrow, and finish the season on a .500 slowdown, the Bruins would need to go 13-4-1 over their final 18 games to surpass the Rangers in the conference standings.

    “[N]eed” is entirely too strong a word.

  2. stakex - Mar 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    The good news for the Rangers is that none of these injuries seem to be serious or long term.

  3. brian32556 - Mar 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Give them a couple extra days rest so they’re ready for the long run.

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