The Rangers host the Avalanche tonight, still looking for their first win under John Tortorella. Of course, if they beat Colorado tonight, that would make their two wins in their last nine against the worst team in the East (Islanders) and West ('Lanche). And they face the Islanders next on Thursday.
The plan is for the Rangers to have Sunday off and then what I would expect to be three days of a mini-training camp under Tortorella and Jim Schoenfeld Monday-Wednesday. Sean Avery's target return date is Tuesday.
Based on morning skate, looks like Aaron Voros and Mark Bell are the healthy scratches with Fredrik Sjostrom back on the fourth line with center Blair Betts and Colton Orr. D Erik Reitz did not skate and is also out tonight as Paul Mara plays his second game since returning from a dislocated right shoulder.
Also, Nikolai Zherdev and Ryan Callahan flip-flop again, with Zherdev going to the top line with center Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund and Callahan playing on Chris Drury's line with Brandon Dubinsky.
Heading off to the city but first a stop to pick up a birthday present for my wife (tomorrow) and her twin sister (also, surprisingly, tomorrow). And while we're on the subject of birthdays, a happy and healthy one to my dad (he's actually a Feb. 29 guy), a longtime reporter/editor himself.