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Callahan, Del Zotto questionable vs. TB

3/2/2012

Both Ryan Callahan (foot) and defenseman Michael Del Zotto (hip) are questionable for Friday's game against the Lightning.

The Rangers were without their captain for the first time this season in Thursday's 3-2 win over Carolina as Callahan rested a bruised right foot and it appears as though they will likely be without him again Friday.

The 26-year-old winger suffered the injury in Monday's 2-0 shutout win against New Jersey. Although x-rays taken after Monday's game revealed no broken bones, Callahan told reporters he is experiencing bruising and swelling on the inside of his right foot where he blocked a shot from New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk.

Del Zotto's status for Friday is also up in the air after he was forced from Thursday's game with a lingering hip issue stemming back to last weekend.

The 21-year-old defenseman bruised his right hip after Buffalo's Patrik Kaleta pushed him into the goalpost in the Rangers' 3-2 OT win over the Sabres.

Both players are officially listed as "day-to-day."

Brandon Dubinsky was also missing in action for two periods of Thursday's win in Carolina, but not because of injury.

Coach John Tortorella benched Dubinsky after he took a bad penalty at the end of the first period that led to a 'Canes power-play goal.

"It's a stupid penalty," Tortorella told reporters after the game.