by Patrick Hoffman on 03/18/11 at 01:30 PM ET
For the second time in the last three games, Sean Avery will be a healthy scratch tonight when the Rangers face the Canadiens at the Garden, while Matt Gilroy will be a spectator for the second game in a row.
Those two players were among eight on the ice at this morning’s optional skate, along with Artem Anisimov, Derek Boogaard, Erik Christensen, Chad Johnson, Vinny Prospal and Michael Sauer.
Avery’s banishment from the lineup hardly comes as a surprise after he took three minor penalties in Tuesday’s game, which turned into something of a circus after he clobbered the Islanders’ Justin DiBenedetto.
“I guess probably my discipline,” Avery said when asked if he had a sense of why he was scratched. “Penalties last game.”
Cannot say I am surprised given the way Avery played in Tuesday night’s 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders.
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