The New York Rangers have recalled Kris Newbury for tonight’s game against the Bruins. No reason for the move has been given yet, but people are speculating that Ruslan Fedotenko might be banged up after missing the second period of yesterday’s game against the Flyers after being hit pretty hard by Brayden Coburn. Whether Newbury was called up as a precautionary in case somebody is unable to play, or if he is definitely going to be in the lineup tonight. Though a much less likely possibility, I wouldn’t 100 percent rule out the idea that Tortorella wants some added jam against a physical team like Bruins and called up Newbury to fill in for one of Christensen or Wolski. I’ll give a definitive answer to this once more information is given, presumably in the pre-game article.
Chris Drury skated with the rest of the team for the first time since experiencing his knee injury. Drury wouldn’t say one way or another if and/or when he would return to the lineup, saying he had “no idea.” He did say that it was his “ultimate goal” to come back and help the team win. Wording it like that makes it seem like his chances of returning to the lineup this season aren’t too high. Even if Drury is no longer hindered by the injury, Tortorella surely will be hesitant to be just slot a guy who, for all intents and purposes, missed the whole season and will be very rusty into the lineup during the playoffs of all things. In theory, though, Drury would be a valuable fourth line center if he could return to even the regressed form he showed during his 27 games with the team this season. He is still the best faceoff man on the team and is still a capable penalty killer. Having him as an option on the PK would give guys like Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky a bit longer of a breather.