April 25, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) carries the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Callahan looks to make season debut Monday night

New York Rangers right winger Ryan Callahan, after missing the Rangers’ first game against the Coyotes, is expected to make his season start on Monday against the Los Angeles Kings.

He missed the first game due to a lingering shoulder injury; he is recovering from surgery he had this past offseason on his left shoulder. Last week, Callahan was cleared to participate in contact drills, and has been anxiously awaiting his return to the team. But there was obvious reason to hold off on putting him on the ice, as Callahan is one of the best and most important offensive players on the team.

According to Newsday, Callahan spoke after the team’s practice on Friday and said,

It has to be 100 percent and, right now I feel good.

The Rangers lost their season debut, and could really use their offensive weapons to step it up or the rest of the season. Callahan can do just that, he can come into the game and make an impact right from the get-go. He had 16 goals in 45 games last season.

Speaking of offensive weapons for the Rangers, forward Carl Hagelin is also looking to get on the ice. Like Callahan, Hagelin is recovering from the same shoulder surgery the winger had.

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