Ryan McDonagh Up / Del Zotto Down
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01-03-2011, 04:07 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Del Zotto's confidence is all twisted around; he was a healthy/slightly unhealthy (flu, sore groin) scratch four times in the last six. He got back in on Sunday in Sunrise and was a minus-1 with a penalty in 15:33.
The hope is the same that the Isles had for Josh Bailey: Go down, become a force again and bring the positive vibes back to the NHL. The hiccup, though, is that the Rangers have a bit more at stake being in the middle of the playoff chase. If Matt Gilroy continues to play well, Del Zotto may not be back for a while.
The problem for the Rangers now is that Michal Rozsival's game has slipped of late, according to John Tortorella; if McDonagh gets in the lineup over Gilroy, he may be paired with Rozsival and will need to be a steady presence right away.
Of course, McDonagh could get his break at Rozsival's expense. It's a good dilemma to have.
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