Erik Christensen Will Return To Rangers Lineup, Sean Avery Will Be A Healthy Scratch

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella announced just hours before the Rangers game tonight against the Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TV: MSG) that Erik Christensen would return to the lineup and might even see time on the second power power play unit. Christensen has missed the past eight games as a healthy scratch. Sean Avery will be a healthy scratch tonight to make room for Christensen.

Tortorella explained the situation:

"Sean played some good games for us when he came up, but I think it's leveled off," explained Tortorella. "But to be fair to him, I haven't put him on the ice so it's awfully difficult to play that way. I have other players doing the things I need done in situations that Sean is just not getting involved in. I want to give Erik another chance, and also the shootout is a situation where we have struggled (and where Christensen could help)." (via Blueshirts United.com)

Christensen has one goal and four points in 16 appearances this season.

For more coverage of the Rangers-Panthers game, stay tuned to our storystream. For more Rangers coverage, visit our team page or our blog Blueshirt Banter.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.