Bad news from here in Raleigh.
Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will miss his first game of the year tonight with a bruised foot, appears to be out tomorrow, and possibly longer.
The loss of Callahan, who has 25 goals, second on the team, and 22 assists, and flew here with the team using crutches and wearing a boot, puts the Rangers at a severe disadvantage against the Hurricanes.
A 6-foot-8 defenseman, John Scott, acquired at the trade deadline from Chicago, will be used on the fourth line and Ruslan Fedotenko will likely move up to the first line on right wing, with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin but coach John Tortorella would not discuss his lineup this morning. “Yes, we’ll miss him,” was all Tortorella would say about the absence of Callahan, who sustained the injury against the Devils. The Rangers are terming it “day-to-day.”
Fedotenko is expected to move into Callahan’s right wing spot with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin against the Canes. Stu Bickel is in on defense, and Steve Eminger a healthy scratch again.
Martin Biron (10-3-2, 2.21) who has allowed at least three goals in each of the last three games, gets the nod in goal, which means that Henrik Lundqvist will play in Tampa tomorrow night.
The team did not---and apparently won’t---make any forward callups from the AHL Connecticut Whale for tomorrow’s game. “I didn’t say anything about the minors,” Tortorella told reporters this morning.
After the morning skate here at RBC Center, Scott said he was surprised at his debut. “I’m excited,” he said. “I want to make a good first impression, minimize my mistakes, and not get in anyone’s way.”