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Marc Staal expects to play vs Wild; Gaborik "not there yet"


                 The Rangers defenseman, who has missed three game with a twisted knee, sakted with six other teammates at an optional skate this morning and pronounced himself ready to go. "I'm glad it's only three games," he said. "I'll tape it up tonight and it'll be good to get back."

                Gaborik skating but said he felt better yesterday. "Just little headaches, comes in kind of waves. I'm not there yet obviously." He said he thought he would make the trip to Ottawa. "I hope I can skate."

                Won;t know more officially until coach John Tortorella meets the press at about 5 tonight. Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder) did not skate, nor did Henrik Lundqvist.

                  Martin Biron, with his left arm in a sling to protect his broken collarbone, said Derek Stepan's 2-on-1 shot in practice Monday that felled him hit him in the right spot when his equipment slid a bit. "I felt it right away," he said, and couldn't strighten up when he skated to the corner. He will not even ride a bike for a week to ten days.

                 More in a few...

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