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Mats Zuccarello says he's ready to play

Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers celebrates

Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammate Ryan Callahan. (March 19, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Mats Zuccarello finally is 100 percent.

"I'm good to go if they need me," said the Norwegian winger, who fractured his wrist March 23. "I'd love to get in a game, but that's the coach's decision. You just have to stay ready."

Zuccarello, 24, has practiced with the team for the last few days but probably will not be deployed Friday night in Game 6 against the Devils.

He scored two goals in 10 games with the Rangers and 36 points with the AHL Connecticut Whale before his recall on March 11. In 2010-11, he was 6-17-23 in 42 games with the Rangers. He signed with them as a free agent out of the Swedish Elite League two years ago Saturday and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Del Zotto not at practice

Michael Del Zotto was not at the Garden for practice. It is possible that he attended funeral services for his grandmother, who died Saturday. The Rangers did not comment. It is believed that he was to return Thursday night.

Bickel or Eminger?

Rangers coach John Tortorella said he was happy with some of the lines but didn't name the combinations. Nor did he indicate whether rookie Stu Bickel or Steve Eminger will start on the third defensive pair.

Loose and playful

The 25-minute practice was loose and featured trash-talking and some playful jabs between Martin Biron and Brandon Prust during a shootout contest. Henrik Lundqvist and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire had some one-on-one discussions.

Tortorella doesn't really spend too much time speaking with Lundqvist. "Unless I'm ---- off about something," he said, "but I really don't talk to him about his play, because I know nothing about it. As a coach, I just want him to stop the puck. He knows that. I don't need to say that to him."


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