Glad to see Dubi got the call up, hopefully he can do well in the game against the Isles. I've always had question marks on if Liffiton can play at the NHL level...hopefully he can answer those and play a solid game.
Each team is allowed 4 call ups from the AHL after the trading deadline
The Rangers have used two so far-Jarkko Immonen and Brandon Dubinsky
David Liffiton is on emergency re-call
Jarkko Immonen, who originally was recalled on an emergency basis when Martin Straka went down with a shoulder injury, remains an option to replace Hossa, as well. Immonen, who skated at practice after being returned to Hartford on Monday in a paper transaction when Straka returned to the lineup, now counts as one of the Rangers' four post-trade deadline recalls from the minors. It's believed Dubinsky would count as a second recall if he makes his NHL debut tomorrow night.
Paul Mara, who sustained an upper-body injury Monday but soldiered on with a solid, plus-1, six-shot effort in 23:41 of ice, did not practice yesterday. The Blueshirts recalled David Liffiton from the Wolf Pack on an emergency basis in case Mara is unable to go tomorrow.
With the expiration of conditioning assignments at the trade deadline, the Rangers will not be able to send Kevin Weekes to Hartford (without exposing him to waivers both going and returning) in order to get him work once he recovers from the strained quad muscle that's sidelined him since Feb. 13.
I think "the big line" shouldn't be re-united. If Monday's shot explosion proved anything it proved this team is capable of playing the game with a sense if urgency when properly balanced. Shots, rebounds, crashing the net, constant pressure. That's what will get results against the fishsticks, and If Straka, Nylander, Jagr are out there together at even strength it'll be more circling, pretty passing, stick handling into the zone, instead of continuing to do what just worked on Monday night. Then the whole team will get deflated.