Michael Del Zotto was in the lineup and Steve Eminger was out for the fourth consecutive game, but coach John Tortorella said prior to the Rangers' 3-2 defeat to the Red Wings that evaluations and decisions would follow the match.

"With Michael, it's still a part of the process [where we have to decide] is it best for him to be here or is it best for him to be there in Hartford,''Tortorella said of the 20-year-old. "Emmy has been fighting it, but we have to realize that he's given us good minutes."

Del Zotto was assigned to the AHL Whale on Jan. 3 before being recalled originally on Jan. 24 after Dan Girardi sustained a rib cage injury. The sophomore played two games, returned to the Whale over the NHL All-Star break, and then was recalled when play resumed last Tuesday.

Last night's match thus marked his sixth straight on the Blueshirts' blue line, a stretch during which he has appeared skittish at times, both at even strength and while trying to quarterback a power play that fell into complete disrepair in Saturday's 2-0 defeat in Montreal, able to muster just one shot on net in 8:00 of man-advantage time.

The Rangers were 0-for-4 again last night in 6:40 that included a 44-second five-on-three with 2:24 remaining in the third period. Indeed, the Blueshirts played the final 3:40 with the man advantage though Del Zotto was not called on. The sophomore played 51 seconds on the PP, and 15:32 overall.