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Avery and Callahan Still Out for Blueshirts

From good friend of the blog Nicholas Montemagno at The Rangers Tribune:

Steve Zipay of Newsday is reporting that forwards Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery did not take the ice for practice this morning in Tampa Bay and are not close to making their return to the lineup. This means that there is a good chance we see the same combinations we did against the Islanders on Wednesday, tomorrow when the Rangers take on Steven Stamkos and the Bolts at St. Pete Times Forum. Missing Avery and Callahan may not have directly affected the team on Wednesday, but going down the stretch it will. There is still no timetable for their return.

Defenseman Matt Gilroy and forward Enver Lisin will again be the healthy scratches, while Anders Eriksson and Corey Locke will suit up. Locke and Eriksson, both recalled from Hartford, each received under eight minutes of ice time on Long Island, so I do not see how head coach John Tortorella could have possibly seen something in them that was impressive. In my opinion, Gilroy does not deserve to still be watching from the press box for the third straight contest. Being ineffective and not playing well are two majorly different things. Gilroy has been ineffective, and that is something you fix by coaching, not punishing.

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