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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rangers' Derek Dorsett should be back to pestering folks Thursday

By on 2/26/2014 01:00:00 PM

New York Rangers' Derek Dorsett has been cleared for contact by team physicians, and being back to annoying the opposition isn't far behind.

Dorsett's fibula snapped like a twig when he took a puck to the outside of his left skate while attempting to block a shot off the stick off Pittsburgh Penguins' Olli Maatta on January 3rd and was expected to miss four-to-six weeks - a time period in which, coincidentally, the Rangers have played their best hockey of the season.

The Rangers' 67 points have them sitting at the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race by a slim margin, and are in a much better place than they were when Dorsett went down, going 12-4-1 in the seventeen games that he's missed, including winning five out of six going into the Olympic break.

Playing an average of 11:24 of ice time per game, Dorsett has marked the scoresheet with two goals and three helpers, but that's not really his game.  The 27-year-old right winger has spent 103 minutes in the penalty box, nearly half of those for fighting.

Dorsett has annoyed and frustrated his opponents into nine fights according to the excellent website, coming out on the short end of those more often than not - but accomplishing his goal of taking a skilled player from the other team to the sin bin with him.

A decision as to whether Dorsett will be in Thursday's lineup against the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks will be made after Tuesday's practice.


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