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                Wearing their hybrid throwback jerseys that commemorate the 85th anniversary of the franchise, the Rangers shoot for their fourth consecutive win, a feat they haven't accomplished in 63 games.

                We'll be updating here and on twitter.com/stevezipay, so join in, ladies and gents.

                Thanks again for the response to the live chat earlier today. Fingers were flying to answer the questions, think I handled over 60, with plenty of leftovers. Speaking of leftovers, I'm asking here for your NHL Turkeys of the year so far. I'll publish the list next Tuesday. Go easy on the Isles and Oilers and referees, OK?    

               So, back to tonight.

               Henrik Lundqvist is in, and Derek Boogaard, whose hand is sore from the fights with Steve MacIntyre, is ready to go. Todd White is scratched.  

              The Rangers (10-7-1) won 3-2 at Boston (9-5-1) on Oct. 23 as Lundqvist (7-5-1, 2.61 goals-against, .921 save percentage) made 35 saves. Tim Thomas will make his first appearance against NY, Tuukka Rask played on Oct. 23. 

              Who's hot? Ruslan Fedotenko (three goals, seven assists) has a three-game point streak, with two goals.

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             Michal Rozsival, who missed his fourth game while rehabbing a sprained right shoulder, could return next week. The defenseman told Newsday that he was strengthening the shoulder and a sore knee in the pool, had not begun weight training, and would not make the two-game trip to Denver and Minneapolis.


                “He’ll probably skate (Thursday) on his own, when we leave,” said coach John Tortorella. “After the weekend, we hope he’ll be back with us.” The Rangers host Calgary Monday, but Tortorella would prefer to have the veteran (2-6-8 in 15 games), practice, so he is more likely to return during the Tuesday-to-Saturday Florida/Nashville trip. C Chris Drury (broken index finger) has begun skating on his own but is out another two weeks minimum.

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                D Matt Gilroy, who played his fourth consecutive game in Rozsival’s absence after five straight healthy scratches, believes that blocking out distractions and criticism is helping him improve his all-around game.

              “I’m just going out and playing the way I should be playing,” said the North Bellmore native, who had two assists in the last three games before tonight. “I don’t care what anybody thinks. I can’t worry about what I can’t control, just what I can control. I’m just playing the way I can.”


            Gilroy, 26, had a solid start in his rookie season, then faded, and finished with four goals and 11 assists in 69 games. He also appeared in five games for Hartford.


            Tortorella won’t carry a 7th defenseman on the weekend trip. “They’re not ready in Hartford,” he said. “In an emergency we’ll get someone there.”

 

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