Sean Avery's NHL return is on hold for at least one more game.
Avery rejoined the New York Rangers for practice Wednesday morning but was ruled out of Thursday night's home game against the Anaheim Ducks because coach John Tortorella wants to play the same lineup that beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Monday night.
''I didn't skate because of re-entry waivers for a couple of days, and you know what, really the guys played pretty good last game, had a big win, so I wouldn't change the lineup,'' the unusually mellow Avery said.
The Rangers (4-3-3) earned their first win at renovated Madison Square Garden on Monday after going 0-1-1 in their first two home games.
''That was the biggest strength of the game. Everyone contributed and we did the things we needed to do to start being more consistent playing the right way,'' Tortorella said. ''This is the same situation as any other player being brought up, and we want to conduct it that way. I think that's what fair t...