*UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.: One Ryan takes the place of another: Hollweg is still out with the flu, while Callahan will play his third NHL game. The Rangers had more in mind than filling in for Hollweg when they brought Callahan up. But naturally, this seals it.*
Another game, another chance for the Rangers to pull themselves back into the playoff picture — in large part thanks to the efforts of the Devils and Ottawa last night. Like I said, this time of year makes for strange bedfellows.
Atlanta is 6-1 since their dramatic deadline maneuvering, and the Rangers are 1-1-1 against the Thrashers this year — with the last meeting, a 2-1 Rangers loss, prompting Brendan Shanahan’s “our power play doesn’t make a lick of sense” diatribe.
As I mentioned in “my story today”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070316/SPORTS01/703160411/1034/SPORTS, the Rangers will be relying on a collection of rookies to hold things together until they get healthy. It makes for a romantic notion, but count on the Thrashers trying to seize on a relatively inexperienced Rangers back line.