…at least for a night. I say that because blog adversary Karel Rachunek took a puck off the foot in last night’s game and was out of commission at today’s practice. If Rachunek can’t play, blog favorite Thomas Pock will obviously get the nod. Either way, Tom Renney has yet to determine the defensive pairings for tomorrow night in Montreal. He wants to review the game tape first, then check on Rachunek before making a final decision.
Said Renney: “We’ll see how it is in the morning and make a determination from there.”
Matt Cullen also missed practice with soreness but Renney expects Cullen will play vs. Montreal.
Here are some other odds and ends from practice:
“We have seven guys who can play the game at this level and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll reserve judgment on how I move people in and out of the lineup based on reasons that are important to us and our team. It is sort of a day-to-day thing,” he said.
Renney also added, “The blueprint is there for how we want to play defensively. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know want to say it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t matter (who plays) because it does, and I think you understand my point, but nothing should change.”
During a couple practice drills, Jagr missed a couple goals from short range. This is purely my observation, but the captain seemed frustrated with himself. After missing the net with a backhand, I saw him fiddle with his mended shoulder as he skated back to center ice. It must’ve bothered him a little, although, to be fair, later he removed his helmet, took passes from a coach and fired slapshots at the boards while his teammates did a drill at both ends of the ice. Jagr’s drill must be part of his rehab, but the sheer violence of it proved to me he is physically sound, though maybe a little sore.
For those interested, all the lines were as expected, with Pock working with D-Kas on defense.
Also, Renney expects Lundqvist will start in goal.