First, thanks to all for the quick responses to my query about the state of hockey. Please keep them coming. Next up, anyone available to clean my gutters?
But seriously, here’s a quick look at tonight’s lineup. Henrik Lundqvist gets the nod in goal and is expected to play the whole game:
In other news:
— Michal Rozsival skated for the first time today a week after arthroscopic surgery, and reported no pain.
— Brendan Shanahan didn’t skate, but said his groin is fine. If it wasn’t the preseason, he’d likely play.
— The same could be likely said for Jagr, who worked out with the rest of the team but is still on the ice while I type. Again, the larger issue, as I mentioned in “my story today”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060927/SPORTS01/609270356/1046/SPORTS is conditioning, which No. 68 seems to be addressing as we speak.
— It’s worth noting that both Ivan Baranka and Daniel Girardi have impressed Tom Renney thus far in camp. I’m pretty sure no one expected them to hang around as long as they have, but now it looks like one, if not both, will be in the mix at some point this season.
— Not surprisingly, Renney also had plenty to say about both Brandon Dubinsky and Nigel Dawes, who seem to be in competition for more than just a roster spot. The team yesterday polled the writers about who they thought was the top rookie in training camp. I was torn between the two but eventually went with Dubinsky, perhaps entirely because of the goal he scored on Marty Brodeur last week. It seems like more of my fellow writers went with Dawes. Take that for what it’s worth.
OK, all, thanks for reading. Back with more later from the Garden…