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Rangers' Staal to sit out tonight vs. Caps

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 12:51 PM / News

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Rangers' Staal to sit out tonight vs. Caps
The New York Rangers will be without the services of defenseman Marc Staal for Friday's game against Washington.

The young defenseman was ruled out by coach John Tortorella after Friday morning's skate at the Verizon Center. Staal twisted his left knee in the first period of Tuesday's game against the carolIna Hurricanes -- a game that also saw him take a huge open-ice hit from his brother, Carolina center Eric Staal.

This is just the third game Staal has missed in his career, which started in 2007. That season, he missed two games with the flu, but had played in 247 straight games since.

"I'm disappointed..been lucky to have some good health through my career," Marc Staal said. "I think it's best in the long run to make sure knee is good."

Ryan McDonaugh will likely now see first-pair minutes with Dan Giradi, paired against the Alex Ovechkin line.

The Rangers did get some good news, however. Forward Ruslan Fedotenko, out since Jan. 19, is healthy enough to return to the lineup. Forward Kris Newbury will be sent back to the minors to make room for the veteran forward.

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