NEW YORK --
Rangers captain Ryan Callahan
, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist
and defenseman Michael Del Zotto
will make their returns from injuries and illness to face the Colorado Avalanche
on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
The news wasn't all positive for the Rangers, as forward Artem Anisimov
and defenseman Steve Eminger
will miss the game because of injuries. Defenseman Anton Stralman
will be a healthy scratch and will be replaced by Tim Erixon
, who was called up from Connecticut of the AHL this morning.
Anisimov took a big hit during a 5-2 loss Thursday to the Penguins and did not return. The Rangers did not disclose the injury, but he appeared to injure his right arm. Eminger did not practice Saturday morning and will be replaced by Tim Erixon
, who was called up from Connecticut of the AHL and will play Saturday night.
Erixon played 13 games with the Rangers this season, failing to register a point while posting an even rating and six shots on goal. With Connecticut, Erixon has three goals and 30 assists in 43 games along with a plus-four rating.
Callahan had missed the previous three games with a foot injury that cost him six of the Rangers' last nine games. Lundqvist missed the previous two games with the flu while Del Zotto was out four games with a hip ailment.
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