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No Timetable As Dorsett Skates Again

The Rangers held an optional morning skate Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center, as the team attempts to win its third straight game tonight when they skate against the Flyers. After the formal portion of the skate injured forward Derek Dorsett and injured defenseman Marc Staal took to the ice to take part in drills with scratched defensemen Roman Hamrlik and Matt Gilroy and backup goaltender Martin Biron. They also took part in conditioning skating under the watchful eye of assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld.

It was the second day back on the ice for Dorsett, who suffered a broken clavicle while still a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 7th. After not being allowed to do any physical activity for a couple of weeks, and then being traded to the Rangers on April 3rd, Dorsett has been working hard on his conditioning and leg strength off-ice the past two-three weeks. He was cleared to begin skating the other day, though he has not been cleared for any contact drills and there is no timetable set for his return to game action.

"It feels good, even though obviously not shooting or receiving hard passes or doing any body contact, but it feels fine, so far," explaiend Dorsett following Tuesday's skate. "The biggest thing is making sure I get to 100 percent so I can stay healthy and stay in the lineup as long as I can."

Coming to a new team and not being able to play has been difficult for Dorsett, though his new Rangers teammates have made him feel a part of the team, and an immediate road trip helped all of the newcomers bond with their Ranger 'mates.

But considering the rugged style he plays---Dorsett led the NHL with 235 penalty minutes last season---he knows that he can not rush back if not fully healthy and risk reinjuring his shoulder. It is something that he and his team---in the middle of battling for a playoff spot---can ill afford.

"It's hard to get traded to a team and not come in and show them what you're going to bring to the team and show that you are going to compete and do everything you can be to be a team guy," said Dorsett. "It's been hard to sit around and watch, but the guys here have been nothing but great, very welcoming. I'm just excited to be here, and I can't wait for that day when I get cleared."

Staal continues to skate, both on his own and with the scratches on game day. While his workouts seem to ramping up, there is no word on when he'll be able to return to full practices or games.

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Head coach John Tortorella confirmed that Henrik Lundqvist will make his eighth straight start in goal this evening when the Rangers, 5-1-1 in their last seven, face the Flyers, who snapped a four-game losing streak with a win last night in Montreal.

"The way he prepares and the way he competes, there aren't many nights that he is not on top of his game," Tortorella said of Lundqvist on Tuesday. "He has played very well."

Tortorella also stated that his lineup will remain the same for the seventh straight game.

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Apr 16 - 5:43pm
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