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Powe, MDZ, Girardi All Practice Monday

There was a mixed bag of good news and not-so-good news when the Rangers returned to practice Monday morning at the MSG Training Center. Certainly it was very good news that Darroll Powe, Dan Girardi, and Michael Del Zotto were all on the ice and able to practice with their teammates. However Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, and Arron Asham were not able to be out there, and all three did not take part in the workout.

After practice Rangers head coach John Tortorella said, "Powe is good to go" when the Blueshirts host the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Powe, who has been sidelined three games due to a concussion suffered in the February 17th game against the Capitals, said he has been skating on his own "the past couple of days" and felt "pretty good out there" today.

About how his injury occurred---in a collision with Washington's Matt Hendricks---Powe said, "It was just a freak play. I was watching the puck and turned back, got my head up and saw him coming at me at the last second. Obviously I didn't get all the way out of the way, and then what happened, happened."

The gritty Powe admitted he "blacked out for a bit" when his head hit the ice, but added, "I got back at it pretty quickly afterwards and I am feeling pretty good now."

Like Powe, Del Zotto also returned to practice on Monday morning. Del Zotto, who has seven points in 16 games this season, sat out his first game Saturday night in Montreal due to an undisclosed injury suffered in the third period of Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss in Ottawa.

And Girardi, who was felled by a P.K. Subban slap shot off his ankle in the waning moments of Saturday's defeat in Montreal, practiced fully after Sunday's day off. The All Star defenseman had x-rays taken after the game which proved to be negative, and he felt good enough to be on the ice Monday.

"It didn't feel all too great," Girardi said of blocking Subban's shot. "I had never really felt like that before, felt kind of weird coming up my leg, but it turns out that everything is fine."

As for the players missing from practice, Nash has missed three consecutive games and did not even travel to Canada this past week with the team due to an unspecified injury, while McDonagh was knocked out of Saturday's contest after being boarded into the glass by the Canadiens Max Pacioretty, and Asham has missed two straight due to back spasms.

Tortorella said he had no word on Nash's condition and was "not sure" if McDonagh would be cleared to play Tuesday. If he's not in the lineup, McDonagh will be sorely missed. The young workhorse on the blueline has been consistently solid again this saeson, while also contributing a pair of goals and five points on the offensive end.

"Mac is obviously a huge part of our D corps," noted alternate captain Marc Staal after Monday's practice. "He is a special player. I haven't talked to him today so I don't know how he's feeling, but we'll see if he can play."

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With the injured comings and goings today, here are the lines and defense-pair combinations deplyed by Tortorella during practice:

Pyatt-Richards-Gaborik

Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan

Miller-Boyle-Powe

Mashinter-Halpern-Bickel

Extras: Thomas and Kreider

Staal-Girardi

Del Zotto-Stralman

Eminger-Gilroy

So is your glass half-full or half-empty with the latest news from practice? Share your thoughts below.

Feb 25 - 5:47pm
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