The Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin might not be ready to return, but the New York Rangers will have Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi back as they try to avoid a fifth straight home loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
The Rangers will begin the second half without leading scorer Brandon Dubinsky, Ruslan Fedotenko and Erik Christensen, but the return of Callahan will boost the offense. Callahan returns after missing 19 games with a broken left hand suffered Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh while blocking a shot from Kris Letang.
That game, which the Rangers won 4-1 despite trailing after 40 minutes, also featured an apparent slew foot on Callahan from Crosby that went unpenalized -- an act that the Rangers winger called a dirty play.
"That's just the type of guy he is. He tried to get away with all that type of nonsense," Dubinsky said.
Crosby vehemently denied those claims.
"I think Dubie has done his fair share of things out there that are questionable," Crosby said. "I guess he's talking again. I'm not surprised."
Girardi will also return after missing two games with a rib injury, and the Rangers will be glad to see the defenseman back. After winning shootouts at Atlanta and Washington, New York fell 4-3 to Florida at home Tuesday despite allowing only 17 shots -- one in the third period.
Coach John Tortorella wasn't too upset, however.
"We played hard and kept fighting back," Tortorella told the Rangers' official website. "... I liked a lot of things we did, and there is a lot to like about this club."