Callahan has missed the last 9 games with a left MCL sprain–this after already missing time with a broken thumb and sitting the first game of the season as he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. In 24 games played, he has 7 goals and 6 assists.
The good news for the injury plagued Captain is he's a quick healer, returning from an injury that was supposed to keep him out a minimum of 4 weeks in a shade over 3.
With Callahan returning, JT Miller sits, and Brad Richards moves back to his natural center position. Miller hasn't played poorly, and in fact, his line featuring Carl Hagelin and Benoit Pouliot on the wings has been effective the last few weeks, but with just 2 goals in 23 games, the 20-year-old has struggled to find the back of the net–and seemingly to earn Alain Vigneault's trust. Miller has played under 10 minutes in 2 of the last 4 games.
Right now, Miller is the only extra forward on the roster, but unless there is a contingency plan to get him back in the lineup, it wouldn't be a shock to see him sent back to Hartford yet again.
The full lines from practice read Kreider-Stepan-Nash, Hagelin-Richards-Zuccarello, Pouliot-Brassard-Callahan, and Boyle-Moore-Dorsett. Nash's line and the 4th line are unchanged. The defense pairs stayed the same, meaning Conor Allen stays in, and Michael Del Zotto and Justin Falk remain banished to the press box.
The Rangers, winners of 2 in a row and 4 of 5, will be trying to win 3 straight for the first time since early November.
-Taylor Pyatt, recently waived by the Rangers, will be making his Penguins debut on a line with Joe Vitale and Craig Adams.
-Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang are out for the Pens.
-It'll be Henrik Lundqvist–making his third start in a row–vs. Marc-Andre Fleury in net.
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