Callahan Skating, Weise Up and Locke is Down

New York Hockey Daily@nyhockeydailyContributor IApril 5, 2010

The Rangers were briefly tied for 8th place yesterday until the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 pulling two points ahead of the Blueshirts.

The Rangers now have just four games left, they play back-to-back nights starting tomorrow against the Sabres and then again Wednesday against the Maple Leafs. They close out the season with two games against the Flyers.

To prepare for those games the Rangers have sent center Corey Locke back down to Hartford and recalled winger Dale Weise. The reasoning for this seems to be that John Tortorella likes to give the rookies a brief cup of coffee before sending them down for more seasoning. Locke played in three games last week, scored no points, but had a plus-one rating.

Weise, 21, has played in 73 games with the Wolf Pack this season. He scored 28 goals and 49 points to go along with 114 PIM. He was originally drafted in the forth round, 111th overall, of the 2008 draft.

Ryan Callahan has also started skating for the first time since injuring his right knee two weeks ago. There is still no word on exactly when he is expected to get into a game, but you can be sure that the Rangers would love to have him back as quickly as possible.

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