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Monday, October 18, 2010
W2W4: Avalanche vs. Rangers

By Mike Hume

The Rangers gained a point for Friday’s OT loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it came at great cost. As previously penned by blog compadre Donnie Pucks, the Blueshirts watched as Marian Gaborik and Chris Drury suffered injuries that will sideline them for multiple weeks. Gaborik will miss 2-3 weeks with a separated shoulder, while Drury will sit for six after breaking his left index finger for the second time this season.

With Vinny Prospal undergoing knee surgery and out indefinitely, it appears the injury bug has turned New York into its personal buffet table (it’s taken big bites out of the Devils and Islanders too). With all the adjustments, there will be plenty to keep an eye on tonight when the Rangers face the Colorado Avalanche at the Garden.

New Lines

With Gaborik down, the Rangers have shuffled their lines, only keeping the Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan line intact, according to The Record’s Andrew Gross.

Alexander Frolov, the lone survivor from the top line on Friday, will drop down to skate with Derek Stepan and Ruslan Fedotenko. Meanwhile, Brian Boyle, fresh off his two-goal game Friday, will join Brandon Prust and Sean Avery (who will not face a suspension for his slash of Mike Komisarek) on the third line. Erik Christensen is healthy again and the team will ease him back into the rotation on Line 4 tonight, where he’ll be joined by Derek Boogaard and a Ranger set to make his regular season debut …

White Debut

Todd White will dress for the first time this season and he’ll be looking to make a big impression as he sits precariously on the roster right now. Having already passed through waivers, White will almost surely be the next man sent down to Hartford should the Rangers need a roster spot when everyone returns to health. If he doesn’t put in a good performance while he can, there’s no guarantee he’ll be recalled.

Christensen Concern

After missing Friday’s game with a groin injury, Christensen says he feels much better after icing the area regularly on the advice of Marian Gaborik, who dealt with that injury frequently in the past. But as the mention of Gaborik’s groin trouble may remind you, this is an injury that tends to linger. Gaborik was plagued by groin issues until he finally had hip surgery to help correct the problem. Christensen probably won’t see big minutes on the fourth line tonight, but it will be interesting to see if he’s anywhere close to 100 percent when he does hit the ice.