John Tortorella said Marc Staal (knee) suffered "a little bit" of a setback on Monday when Staal tried to test out his knee in practice. So the Rangers defenseman will miss his third straight game tonight against the Sabres and, barring a bit of a rally by tomorrow, possibly his fourth and fifth games on Thursday and Friday.
"We thought he was close, but it's just not right," Tortorella said.
Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder) did practice on Monday but he's out again tonight. Tortorella sounded optimistic that Fedotenko would be back for Thursday's home game against the Wild.
Marian Gaborik (concussion) is "status quo," according to Tortorella. No timetable for him as of yet.
Bryan McCabe will be paired tonight with Michael Sauer on defense, and Henrik Lundqvist, of course, will start. Ryan Miller goes for the Sabres, who are without D Jordan Leopold.