The New York Rangers have been one of the best road teams in the NHL under coach John Tortorella, a key reason they comfortably lead the Eastern Conference.
They may need to withstand another absence from their captain in an effort to continue pulling away.
Ryan Callahan's status is uncertain as the Rangers go for a four-game winning streak against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.
New York (41-15-6) leads the East by nine points on Northeast Division-leading Boston and Pittsburgh. The sizable separation in the standings can be attributed to the Rangers' 20-8-4 road record, one of the best in the league.
That success as the visitor may not be much of a surprise. Since Tortorella was named coach Feb. 23, 2009, New York has won 69 road contests to rank among the most in the NHL in that span.
The Rangers again proved they're a force away from Madison Square Garden on Thursday, beating Carolina 3-2 to open a stretch of six games with five on the road. Perhaps more impressive...