Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 12/17/11
The Rangers announce that Mike Rupp will return to the Rangers line-up tonight vs. the Coyotes for the first time since knee surgery 22 games ago.

Here's John Tortorella on Rupp...

"He gives us a guy who can play center and wing, and once he gets back on his a game, a guy who can take and win faceoffs," Tortorella said of Rupp. "He adds some size, and takes some pressure off of (Brandon Prust) in certain situations. He can give us some banging. And he's a guy you can see right away that adds to our room even before he gets on the ice in the way he handles himself. We want to get him in there right away and start playing him."

For more line-up news including Martin Biron getting the start click the "Read More" tab below.

Andrew Gross says Tortorella was not ready to announce which forward was coming out of the lineup. A decision will be made after warmups.

The Rangers also say that Martin Biron will get the start in goal tonight.

...obviously this means no Avery. Unreal.

...no surprise with Rupp getting back in. Rangers need a spark and his game can provide that. Not as much as Avery's but he should be a factor tonight.

...as far as Biron goes, I like him getting a start here. Hank can't play every game.

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