Brandon Dubinsky, center, celebrates a goal with teammates Mats Zuccarello,...

Brandon Dubinsky, center, celebrates a goal with teammates Mats Zuccarello, right, and Derek Stepan. (Jan. 11, 2011) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

As we alluded to earlier today, Evgeny Grachev wasn't at the morning skate, an unusual occurance for him when he was with the big club. Got sense something might be up, Jim Cerny and I, the lone writers there, discussed the topic post-practice.

Now word comes that indeed, the rookie has been sent back to the Whale.

Which means that Brandon Dubinsky is well enough to play, which again, if you've been paying attention, we reported hours ago after speaking to him.

So the lines will be reshuffled.  You might see Dubi back with Gaborik and Anisimov and Avery moved down.... Other returnee Ryan Callahan with Stepan and Wolski....Prust-Boyle-Zuke...Avery-Newbury-Drury...

Feds, Prospal, EC not ready...

As for the Pens, according to reports from the skate at MSG, C Mark Letestu is out with a lower body injury sustained when he hit a rut on the Garden ice.  That's what GM Ray Shero said.  So, no Crosby, Malkin or Letestu, and rookie Dustin Jeffrey in.




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