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In Atlanta: Lundqvist vs Pavelec; Kolarik on 3rd line, Dupont in

 

             At Philips, a full-team morning skate, including an optimistic Vinny Prospal (still in non contact jersey), but his goal-scoring celebration (stick in holster, shouting) is in mid-season form. Ryan Callahan also joined in at the very end, but just passed puck around with Marc Staal, couple wristers.

             Callahan is expected to be back right after the All-Star break. Prospal's knee still swollen from a shot a few days ago, isn't sore, coach John Tortorella said. He will continue to skate and be evaluated after the break.

              The lines:       

              Avery-Anisimov-Gaborik

              Zuccarello-Stepan-Wolski

              Kolarik -Boyle-Prust

              Dupont-Newbury-Drury (note: all centers, this could change).

              Torts on Kolarik, making his second Rangers start: "One thing I noticed right away is that the puck follows him around, the puck is bouncing all over the place and ends up on his stick a couple times right in front. I liked how he played, he tried to make a difference, he has some skill, can play either wing. "
 

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            Henrik Lundqvist will play tonight against Andrej Pavelec. The King says he probably won't even think about the All-Star game unitl next Friday and wasn't even aware of the draft rules. "If they look at my record in All-Star games, I may be a scratch," he said with a grin.

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             Caught up with Nigel Dawes, who will play tonight, and spoke with him about his time with the Rangers, and his up and down season.

            That's coming up, as well as more from Kolarik, Torts on Wolski and Artem Anisimov and Mats Zuccarello reacting to the possibility of the Rangers playing in Russia, Sweden or Norway at the start of next season.  

             And remember to follow me at twitter.com/stevezipay    

 

 

 

 

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