Rozsival could return this weekend

Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival.

Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival. Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

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Chris Drury (broken index finger) is skating, but still cannot hold a stick. There is better news for Michal Rozsival, out since Nov. 11 with a sprained right shoulder and sore knee.

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Rangers coach John Tortorella said he hoped that the defenseman will return on the last section of the upcoming three-game road trip to Florida and Nashville. Rozsival did not play last night and isn't expected to play Wednesday against the Lightning, but could be available for the Panthers or Predators games Friday and Saturday.

In Roszival's absence, Tortorella said Steve Eminger, Mike Sauer and Matt Gilroy have stepped up. Gilroy, who played his seventh straight game last night after being a healthy scratch for five, got Tortorella's attention in the 5-2 win in Minnesota on Saturday.

The second-year pro from North Bellmore had an assist when Artem Anisimov fired in a rebound of his shot that gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead and was a plus-2 in 16:02.

"He had a couple escape moves by carrying the puck,'' Tortorella said. "You can see he feels a little more confident.''

On-the-job training

Brandon Prust, the former Flame who was dealt to the Rangers with Olli Jokinen for Ales Kotalik and Chris Higgins last Feb. 2, recalled the first time he was asked to kill penalties after the swap. "Against Toronto,'' Prust said, "I think we had a couple guys hurt and Torts asked on the bench " 'Can you kill?' and I said 'Yeah.' I should've said, 'I'm usually on the power play, but I can kill, too.' ''

New gig for Tortorella

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Store this in the growing "Never Would Have Happened Last Season'' File: Tortorella will be part of a twice-monthly, half-hour show on MSG Network called "Behind The Bench.'' Former Rangers coach Mike Keenan also will be on the show, which debuts Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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