Maybe Tom Renney put it best when he first met with a group of us after today’s morning skate.
“Don’t ask me about my lineup,” the coach said.
In other words, your guess is as good as his. If you thought a day away from the rink would help “the Rangers recover from the myriad injuries and illnesses trickling through the lineup”:http://lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061219/SPORTS01/612190374/1046/SPORTS, you’d be wrong. In fact, given the fact that Brendan Shanahan is now officially one of the afflicted, it’s safe to say it’s getting worse. Now struck with the flu as well, the team’s leading goal scorer wasn’t on the ice this morning, and Renney generously put him as a game-time decision for tonight against the Islanders.
Among the others:
All three of those players will continue to be listed as day-to-day, but in the meantime, the Rangers are calling up Ryan Callahan, their leading scorer in Hartford, to skate tonight. After seeing only minimal minutes in his lone NHL game against the Sabres earlier this month, the 21-year-old wing surely will see more time tonight (especially if Shanahan is out). And the same goes for the recently recalled Thomas Pock, who will take Malik’s place alongside Michal Rozsival tonight.
Beyond that, Henrik Lundqvist is in goal. And everything else is a mystery.
Some other thoughts:
OK, back with more from the Garden.