Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto all may be in the slumping Rangers' lineup tonight, back from assorted unspecified injuries.
John Tortorella knows that only can help his club against the Lightning at Madison Square Garden as the Rangers continue a season-high four-game homestand on a season-high four-game losing streak.
But what the coach really wants to see is more of his players show the aggressiveness and passion that Ryan Callahan displayed in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Jets, particularly those with more natural talent than the gritty, hard-working captain.
"He was close to willing us a win," Tortorella said. "Ryan Callahan is that type of player, he's a special guy. Other guys who are more skillful guys can take a lesson from that, to add grind and will to their game and it may help a lot of guys get out of their funk.
"You can bring that type of stuff into anybody's game," Tortorella said.
No names were mentioned but former All-Stars Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards are likely at the top of Tortorella's list of struggling players, even if both notched an assist against the Jets.
Richards hasn't scored a goal since the fifth game of the season and while Gaborik leads the Rangers with seven goals, they have all come in just four games and his assist broke a four-game scoreless streak.
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Rangers looking for a spark
Newark Star-Ledger | Feb 28