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Redden's due back in lineup after two-game exile

PHILADELPHIA - Wade Redden's exile lasted two games. Matt Gilroy's minor-league exile could end up being less than two weeks.

Redden didn't play Saturday against the Flyers, but he'll be back in the lineup Monday against the Hurricanes in Raleigh. Gilroy, who played in his fifth game for the Hartford Wolf Pack last night, might return, but that's not set yet.

What is set is that the Rangers returned defensemen Ilkka Heikkinen and Bobby Sanguinetti to the Wolf Pack after their 2-1 win over the Flyers. While John Tortorella leaned on Marc Staal (30:45) and Michal Rozsival (25:17), Heikkinen (6:18) and Sanguinetti (10:34) barely played in a tight game, especially in the third period.

Gilroy had four assists in four games with the Wolf Pack heading into last night, but he wasn't the lone candidate for recall. Righthanded shots Michael Sauer (2-5-7 in 25 games) and Corey Potter (3-6-9 in 31) also were possibilities. Potter played five games and Sauer three for the Rangers last season. Neither was deemed more NHL-ready than Gilroy in training camp.

Heikkinen was plus-2 in his seven-game stay. Sanguinetti, who got to play close to his Trenton, N.J., home Saturday for the first time, showed a little more instinct but still seemed to play too tight.

Before the game, Tortorella reiterated his feeling about not singling out Redden as an example.

"When someone's a healthy scratch, it's not about embarrassing anybody," he said. "If you're out, you'll get an opportunity again and you need to stick. I honestly don't think it's the coaches that make these decisions. It's the players' play that makes those decisions."

Boyle hurt

Brian Boyle left in the first period with an undisclosed injury and is day-to-day. The Rangers are off Sunday, choosing to stay in snowed-in Philadelphia before flying to Raleigh for tomorrow's game against the last-place Hurricanes.

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