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Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

Live in LI: Biron, Fedotenko in, Bickel back on D, Eminger sits

Martin Biron, who allowed four goals early (yes, couple breakaways and a penalty shot) in a loss to the Hawks in his last start on Feb. 16, is in the tonight in Uniondale against Evgeni Nabokov.

Biron (10-3-1, 2.17) also allowed three goals in his two prior starts, an OT win over Tampa and a loss to New Jersey.  Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start tomorrow at the Garden against the Sabres.

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After missing six games with an apparent concussion sustained on a high hit from Dominic Moore, Ruslan Fedotenko returns tonight.  So Stu Bickel returns to defense, and Steve Eminger is a healthy scratch  He has played six games since his return from a shoulder separation, but was on ice for just over eight minutes and no time in the third period in the 2-0 loss in Pittsburgh. Tortorella said he didn't like Anton Stralman's game either, but he's in.

Coach John Tortorella said the Rangers need a "harder mindset" and a good start against the Islanders, who have lost two straight.

"It needs to ratchet up again," he said. "We need to remind ourselves that teams are coming at us."

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