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Banged up Rangers hope maintenance day helps heal their wounds

Ryan Callahan, Ruslan Fedotenko, Dan Giradi

New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan (24), Ruslan Fedotenko (26) and Dan Girardi (5) celebrate Callahan’s goal which deflected off Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian (4) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. The defeated the Jets 2-1. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)


With the Rangers set for a big afternoon tilt against the Bruins (12:30 p.m. ET on NBC) they’re dealing with a host of nagging injuries of their own.

As Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants reports, Ruslan Fedotenko (foot) and Dan Girardi (arm) were both given maintenance days to rest their injuries. Adding those two to the injury pile with captain Ryan Callahan who’s got a foot injury of his own and Michael Del Zotto with a hip injury and you’ve got quite the who’s-who of banged up New Yorkers.

As for Callahan’s health, coach John Tortorella tells Gross that the captain is itchy to play despite his injury.

“Yeah,” Tortorella said. “I’m not sure where it stands but he wants to play.”

Hey that’s what captains do after all.

While their opponents, the Boston Bruins, will be without backup goalie Tuukka Rask thanks to a leg injury in today’s game, it’s a game the Rangers need to win in order to keep their cushion atop the Eastern Conference steady.