Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will miss Thursday's game against Carolina with a bruised foot, the team announced this morning.
Hulking defenseman John Scott, acquired from Chicago at the trade deadline Monday, will make his Rangers debut against the Hurricanes.
Martin Biron will make his 16th start this season; he is 11-4-2 in 17 career starts against Carolina.
The Eastern Conference-leading Rangers are erring on the side of caution with their 26-year-old captain, who has yet to miss a game this season. It appears unlikely Callahan will return Friday, when the Rangers conclude their 11th of 14 back-to-back sets this season against the Lightning in Tampa.