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Beat-up Rangers face Leafs on the road

Chris Drury #23, Brandon Dubinsky #17, Michael Del

Chris Drury #23, Brandon Dubinsky #17, Michael Del Zotto #4 and Michal Rozsival #33 of the New York Rangers celebrate. (March 25, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

TORONTO - The Rangers have been fortunate to avoid long-term injuries this season, but they are banged up for Saturday night's game against the Maple Leafs, the second of a six-game stretch away from Madison Square Garden.

Center Brian Boyle has a foot injury and winger Ryan Callahan re-injured his left leg against the Devils in a collision. They presumably will miss the game at Air Canada Centre, where the 10th-place Rangers, with 75 points, will try to extend their winning streak to three games and close the gap on eighth-place Boston.

The Bruins have 78 points and have nine games remaining, one more than the Rangers. The Thrashers are a point ahead of the Rangers.

To address the injury issue, forward P.A. Parenteau and veteran defenseman Anders Eriksson were recalled from Hartford on Friday.

Parenteau has four goals and five assists in six games for the Wolfpack since returning March 10 from an injury and has compiled 20 goals and 25 assists in 35 games this season. He seems to be an appropriate substitute for Callahan. Parenteau had a goal and two assists and also scored a shootout goal in 14 games with the Rangers this season.

Rookie Matt Gilroy has seen very limited action in the third periods of the last five games, and it certainly is conceivable that Eriksson will replace him Saturday. Eriksson, 35, has much more NHL experience.

Aaron Voros, a healthy scratch for 15 of the last 17 games, is another possible fill-in against the Leafs, who are last in the East at 27-35-12.


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