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) (Credit: Christopher Pasatieri)

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.

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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