…Henrik Lundqvist will not be in net tonight, because guess who has the flu now?
Yes, the healthy Lundqvist we all saw at the morning skate today is now doubled over somewhere in his Manhattan apartment, the latest victim of a flu strain that has almost reached comical proportions. I say “almost,” because if I get this thing, I’m pretty sure I won’t be laughing.
Anyway, one man’s brutal vomiting session is another man’s helicopter ride, as Al Montoya is now hovering over Fairfield County in hopes of getting to the Garden to back up Kevin Weekes. Given that this all developed around 4 p.m. — Lundqvist getting sick, then Tom Renney placing the last minute call to Hartford — it’s 50-50 that Montoya will make it in time. But obviously the hope is that the Rangers aren’t really going to need him anyway.
Of course, the irony is that as we’re waiting around the Rangers locker room just now, in walks Mark Messier, who has been hawking this Cold F/X supplement to enhance players’ immune systems. One of us chirped up that it didn’t seem to be working.
Messier’s response? “They’re not reading the label.”
In other news:
OK, that’s all for now. I realize I’ve been slacking on responding to some of your comments, but there have been serious computer problems at Blog Headquarters, so I’ve been all out of sorts…