-- Desperate for goals, the New York Rangers
are getting their best offensive player back in the lineup Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers
, who hasn't played in two weeks because of a concussion, was given a clean bill of health and will take the place of Erik Christensen
in the lineup, according to coach John Tortorella. Gaborik's last game was on Feb. 20 at home against the Flyers.
Also returning after a one-game absence is rookie defenseman Ryan McDonagh
, who wrenched his knee in Thursday's 3-1 home loss to the Minnesota Wild
. McDonagh sat against the Ottawa Senators
on Friday but will take the place of Steve Eminger
The Rangers are 5-10-1 in their last 16 games and have fallen from fifth place to seventh place in the Eastern Conference during that stretch. They've scored a mere 39 goals (2.6 per game) over that span.
Gaborik has done most of his damage in three games against the Edmonton Oilers
, New York Islanders
and Toronto Maple Leafs
, scoring 10 of his 17 goals in those contests.
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