Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko are expected to return to the lineup Tuesday against the surging Nashville Predators. If both players are available to play, Wojtek Wolski will come out of the lineup, according to coach John Tortorella.
Dubinsky and Fedotenko both were on the ice for the Rangers morning skate at Madison Square Garden Tuesday and said they plan on playing.
Dubinsky has missed the last three games with a sore shoulder; Fedotenko exited the team's 3-0 win over Toronto Saturday after hurting his back on the penalty kill.
The addition of both hard-nosed forwards should provide a jolt to the Rangers, who have dropped two of their last three games and face a Nashville team riding high on a five-game winning streak.
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It was a good day all-around on the Rangers injury front. In addition to Dubinsky and Fedotenko's return, Steve Eminger (shoulder), Jeff Woywitka (foot) and Michael Sauer (concussion) all skated in orange non-contact jerseys.
Eminger and Sauer skated for the first time Monday after lengthy absences from the ice.
Eminger has been out a month since suffering a separated shoulder that is expected to sideline him for 6 to 8 weeks. The 28-year-old defenseman said he is feeling better, but still experiencing some discomfort shooting and trying to regain strength. He will not return until some time after the All-Star Game.
Sauer has not played since December 5, when he got rocked by a hit from Toronto's Dion Phaneuf that left him with a concussion. The 24-year-old defenseman said he suffered from blurred vision, dizziness and headaches in the weeks that followed but has been steadily progressing ever since.