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Callahan and Del Zotto out of tonight’s game against Islanders

Mar 11, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

Michael Del Zotto, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan AP

The Rangers’ recent three-game losing skid is causing fans in New York to stress out a bit. They’ve got a couple of reasons to get more nervous now.

Captain Ryan Callahan and starting defenseman Michael Del Zotto will both miss tonight’s game against the Islanders with separate ailments. For Del Zotto, he’s still dealing with the hip injury that kept him out of action last week and kept him out of New York’s loss to Chicago on Friday. Callahan is still being bothered by the foot injury he suffered when blocking a shot two weeks ago. Callahan is one of the team’s top offensive weapons and when going without him has made life harder on the team.

On the upside, Brandon Dubinsky will play tonight. Dubinsky was having issues after getting hurt in a fight recently. Meanwhile, the Rangers called up offensive wizard Mats Zuccarello from the AHL. Zuccarello has 36 points in 37 games for the Connecticut Whale this season. Should the Rangers need help in the shootout, Zuccarello has the moves to help give them an edge.

  1. jagrbomb18 - Mar 11, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    And the Atlantic is about to be a dog fight…

  2. ml3939 - Mar 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    These injuries are not gonna help a team that may have peaked to early.

  3. bcisleman - Mar 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    The playoffs now seem out of the question for the boys after last night’s horror. Second time they have given up a lead very late in the game.

    That said, it would be some consolation to hand the NYR a regulation loss tonight.

    • nyr1 - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      NYI are the most poorly-run franchise in the league. They didn’t deal nabokov as they should’ve and they should be giving their other goalies a look for the rest of this year. I guess garth blow thought they had a shot at 8th. Dream on. Even if they did get in (which they won’t), they would get wrecked in the first round. Isles suck!

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