Rangers' Del Zotto a healthy scratch for game vs. Panthers

Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto prepares for a

Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto prepares for a face off during the third period against the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 10, 2010) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

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SUNRISE, Fla. - Michael Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch again on Wednesday when the Rangers face the Florida Panthers.

The struggling defenseman will be replaced by Justin Falk.

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Del Zotto was benched for three games earlier this month before returning last Thursday in Dallas.

Asked if Del Zotto was scratched because of how he played in Monday's 5-0 loss in Tampa, coach Alain Vigneault said: "Combination of that and combination of who we're playing tonight. Just needed a little bit more bite back there. Falker brings us that."

Vigneault also said Derek Dorsett would be a game-time decision because of a sore wrist. If Dorsett can't play, Taylor Pyatt would make his return from a concussion.

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