The Rangers got the day off yesterday, after beating Tampa, that they forfeited on Sunday after losing to Toronto the night before. But they were back on the ice again today preparing for tomorrow night's match against the Caps. Sam Weinman reports in Rangers Report that Sean Avery might return to action in this game -- if not, no doubt on Saturday, barring setbacks. Ryan Hollweg missed practice with the flu, Marcel Hossa skated despite flu symptoms, and Jaromir Jagr skated a bit after getting some dental work done. In the papers today, the Post looks at Steve Valiquette's chances of playing and how he feels about that, and the Daily News looks at Nigel Dawes.
In prospect news, Joe Barnes had a goal and assisted on the late game winning power play goal as Charlotte won last night. Bruce Graham scored as well. Matt Zaba has been returned to Charlotte as Al Montoya gets ready to return to action, having recovered from a sore back -- see Howlings and WP.com. Also, see Bob Crawford's weekly review and weekly preview. At Prospect Park, Jess names red-hot Tomas Zaborsky Ranger prospect of the week.