NEW YORK (AP) -Brendan Shanahan made a surprise return to the New York lineup Tuesday night, but the Rangers were still short due to injuries to Martin Straka and Sean Avery.
Straka sustained a concussion during overtime of the Rangers' shootout loss at Edmonton on Saturday night. Shanahan went down minutes earlier with an injured left knee after colliding with Oilers forward Dustin Penner.
Shanahan was questionable to play against Tampa Bay on Tuesday when the Rangers returned home from their 0-2-1 trip to western Canada, but the 38-year-old forward fought through the injury described as a bruise.
Straka is out indefinitely, and certainly won't play Thursday against Philadelphia. Avery was placed on the injured list because of a bruised right hand, retroactive to the weekend.
Avery played in only seven games since coming back from left wrist surgery that forced him to sit out 11 games. He was injured in a home game against Montreal on Dec. 30 but then played in all three games of the road trip.
The Rangers recalled forwards P.A. Parenteau, Nigel Dawes and Greg Moore - the top three scorers for AHL Hartford - to pick up the slack. Dawes and Moore were in the lineup against the Lightning, but Parenteau sat out.

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail East barn-burner on tap in nation's capital Connor McDavid has already accomplished a great deal during his brief career. But can the 20-year-old wunderkind power Edmonton past the league-leading...
Thumbnail New York still has work to do down the stretch The Rangers’ recent power-play drought is well-documented. Nonetheless, special teams issues certainly haven’t curtailed New York’s charge up the...
Thumbnail Gibson and Co. in need of bounce-back effort Fans and pundits alike raised their eyebrows when the Bruins relieved coach Claude Julien of his duties on Feb. 7. Now, though, any and all apprehension...
Thumbnail Stastny should give Note a jolt Over the weekend, St. Louis suffered an expected loss to one of the Eastern Conference’s bottom-feeders. Will Mike Yeo’s bunch regain its groove against the markedly...
Thumbnail Red-hot Florida faces off with Los Angeles Buoyed by the return of two key forwards, the Panthers have reeled off three consecutive victories. Can Los Angeles put an end to...
Advertisement

NHL Team Pages