Sean Avery, Brendan Shanahan, and Jaromir Jagr will all be in the lineup tonight against the Sabres despite their assortment of injuries.
“Whether or not it’s sore, I just put it out of my head,” Avery said of his wrist.
Losers of six of their last seven, the Rangers obviously need Avery back, and can expect to benefit from his rare brand of spunk. But can he be play his on-the-edge game while remaining healthy? The answer so far, with three significant injuries already this season, has been no. Avery said yesterday the one concession he would make to his wrist is he would try to avoid fighting. But in the same sentence, he also acknowledged he can’t always contain himself.
“When you’e out there playing and emotions are running, you probably don’t think as rationally as you would like,” he said. “You can’t think that way. I just have to go out and play. I’m not going to change anything. I’m not effective if I do that.”
In other news:
<li>Expect Shanahan and Avery to rejoin Chris Drury on a line. Marcel Hossa, Greg Moore and Jason Strudwick will be the scratches.
<li>Henrk Lundqvist is in net.
<li>Brandon Dubinsky, after first trying to play it cool, about being named to the YoungStars Game:
“Of course I’m excited. Growing up I watched all the All-Star Games. And it’ll be nice to have Marc (Staal) going to have someone to kick it with.”