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Game-time decision, Callahan a likely go vs. Devils

Tuesday, 03.06.2012 / 12:48 PM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / At the Rink blog

NEWARK, N.J. -- Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will likely return from a three-game absence Tuesday night to take on the New Jersey Devils.

Callahan, who hasn't played since the Rangers' 2-0 victory against the Devils eight days ago, has been dealing with a swollen right foot. X-rays showed no break, but the swelling was so significant that Callahan couldn't get the foot into his skate. He took part in the team's morning skate at Prudential Center and appeared to have no limitations, but said afterward he will be a game-time decision.

"It felt pretty good out there, not too bad," said Callahan, who also skated on his own Monday. "I'll take warmups and go from there, see how it reacts."

Callahan said he'll wear an extra piece of padding in his skate as a precaution if he does play.

"It's just a matter of being comfortable out there and being able to do everything at top speed," Callahan said. "I felt comfortable and I felt good.

The League-leading Rangers, who have 91 points in 64 games, didn't miss a beat in Callahan's absence, going 2-0-1. Facing the defending Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon, the Rangers found a way to pull out a 4-3 victory.

Callahan is the Rangers' second-leading scorer with 25 goals and 47 points in 61 games.

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