Zuccarello "day-to-day"; Lundqvist, McDonagh get day off
Besides the intrigue surrounding Ryan Callahan's future, although a deal appears to be getting closer for him to remain in New York, there were a few developments at Rangers practice.
Mats Zuccarello, sidelined since his broke his left hand blocking a shot for Norway in the Olympics, won't play tomorrow against Toronto, the fourth game he has missed, but is day to day. He practiced, and has some pain, but is getting close, said coach Alain Vigneault. Presumably, he could play Friday in Carolina, but more than likely he will dress Sunday against Detroit at home.
Zuccarello, who has 15 goals and 43 points and had a six-game point streak before the Olympics, should be an added plus on the power play, which is 2 for 8 in his absence.
Cam Talbot was on ice in Westchester, but Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan McDonagh, who played heavy minutes in the Olympics, were given the day off and Vigneault said he had not decided on the goaltender for Wednesday night. Lundqvist seemed to be lunging on some shots in the losses to Philadelphia and Boston, during which he allowed 10 goals.