Ryan Callahan ready to play

Captain Ryan Callahan returned to the Rangers lineup Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, his first game after missing the past nine due to a knee injury.

Callahan told reporters at the team's morning skate in Pittsburgh that he was ready to play.

The 28-year-old Callahan, who also has been hampered by shoulder and hand injuries this season, sustained a sprained knee in the team's 4-1 loss to Nashville on Dec. 10.

Callahan was recently named to the U.S. Olympic hockey team that will compete in the Sochi Games. He will be joined by American-born Rangers teammates Derek Stepan (Hastings, Minn.) and Ryan McDonagh (St. Paul, Minn.).