NEW YORK, N.Y. – Captain Ryan Callahan and defenceman Michael Del Zotto are again out of the lineup Sunday for the New York Rangers against the New York Islanders, who were missing defenceman Mark Eaton and ailing forwards Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas.
Callahan, who sat out three games this month because of a bruised right foot, returned to play three games before being forced out again. Del Zotto missed the Rangers’ game at Tampa Bay on March 2 with a hip injury, got back in the lineup for three games, but then missed Friday night’s loss at Chicago.
Brandon Dubinsky is back in action after sitting out two games because of injuries to his nose, and sinus troubles following a fight with New Jersey’s Ryan Carter on March 6. The Rangers also recalled forward Mats Zuccarello, who played the first three games of the season with New York before being sent down to Connecticut of the AHL.
Eaton was forced out of the Islanders lineup by back spasms. The veteran defenceman, who missed 13 games earlier this season with a sprained left knee, was replaced by Milan Jurcina—a healthy scratch Saturday against New Jersey. Martin and Cizikas both have the flu and are out for the second straight game.