The body blows continue for the Rangers.
Hours before a grinding five-games-in-seven days stretch leading to the All-Star break, the Rangers announced that leading scorer Brandon Dubinsky will miss three to four weeks with a stress fracture of the tibia in his left leg.
The left wing joins forwards Ryan Callahan (hand), Erik Christensen, Alex Frolov and Vinny Prospal (knees) and Derek Boogaard (concussion) on the sideline. Dubinsky’s leg had been bothering him for weeks, said coach John Tortorella, and he had an MRI after practice on Tuesday. The doctors wanted a better look and Dubinsky had a bone scan today.
“It’s a big hole, I won’t shy away from that,” Tortorella said before the game. “He's a huge piece to what we do; plays in all situations". Dubinsky has 17 goals and 38 points, and skates on the power play and penalty kill. The 24-year-old left wing leads the team in power play goals (four) and power play assists (six). "I'm surprised...but we move on. You go out and play, there’s nothing else we can do. I’m not going to whine.”
Dale Weise, expected to be scratched, was in tonight's lineup against the Maple Leafs, and Tortorella said there would be no immediate callup from the AHL. “This is our team,” he said. The Rangers leave for Carolina post-game, where they face the Hurricanes tomorrow and then on to Atlanta, where they play the Thrashers Saturday.
The reconfigured lines: Avery-Anisimov-Gaborik; Prust-Boyle-Fedotenko; Wolski-Stepan-Zuccarello, Drury-Newbury-Weise.