Doubt Newbs would be summoned all the way from Norfolk, where the Whale played last night (and he was assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials, just like Sean Avery), if he wasn't going to play.
So, it appears that Brandon Dubinsky (sore shoulder) will miss his third straight game (the Rangers did not hold a morning skate at Bell Centre today). Ruslan Fedotenko, stricken with back spasms and shut down during the second period of last night's 3-0 whitewash in Toronto, played just 7:07 total. So he's likely out, too.
Newbury (15-21-36 in 30 games in the A and 0-for-six with the Rangers) will slide into a bottom six slot, maybe on a line with Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust.
Les Canadiens, meanwhile, grabbed a point in a shootout loss to Ottawa last night, and are 16-20-8, 12th in the East and probably still a little shaken by the whole Mike Cammalleri saga. They are 3-6-1 in the last 10, and only 7-8-7 at home. Which may mean they're due.
But the Rangers have been potent in the second game of back to back and a fresh Henrik Lundqvist will be between the pipes...
If you've got today's paper, please check out my full-page Sunday Insider, with items on the Rangers possibly wearing the Winter Classic unis once at home; looking ahead to Saturday's Battle in Beantown, music in the locker room, the top six Rangers in Relative Corsi numbers and more, including Tortorella predicting the G-men win by three today in Green Bay.