The New York Rangers earned a key win their last time out as they work to put a sluggish start behind them. A matchup with the struggling Anaheim Ducks, along with the possible return of Sean Avery, could help them continue to do that.
Coming off their first home win, the Rangers may have the agitating Avery back in the lineup Thursday night as they try to deal the visiting Ducks a fourth straight loss.
Avery failed to make the team during the preseason and was sent to the minors, but in need of a more edgy and physical presence, the Rangers (4-3-3) moved to bring him back this week. Avery cleared re-entry waivers Tuesday and is back on the roster, though there's no guarantee he'll dress for Thursday's contest.
Coach John Tortorella said this week that he might not have a spot for the fan favorite, adding that he didn't want to "force feed" the lineup. New York, though, is missing the rugged play of forward Mike Rupp, out with a left knee injury.
"I don't know what the lineup's ...