The Rangers practiced at the relatively late hour of 1:15 back at the arena, hence the delay in updates.
Michal Rozsival did not skate, and is still being called day-to-day by the Rangers, but again was walking without a significant limp. Tom Renney said Rozsival is still a possibility for Game 2, because as the coach shrewdly noted, “tomorrow is another day.” Genius stuff.
In other news, I just passed Rozsival, Marek Malik, and Petr Prucha huddled at a table here. Just a guess, but I don’t think they were scheming a bench-clearing brawl tomorrow.
It was a fairly light workout. If it’s possible to be both, the Rangers were hugely disappointed (Renney’s description) and upbeat (Brendan Shanahan’s words) this morning after the 5-2 loss last night.
“It was one thing if we played our best and we still didn’t get a win,” Shanahan said. “But we didn’t feel like we played our best.”
That said, Jaromir Jagr countered by saying this:
“We lost the game,” Jagr said. “Maybe we didn’t play our best, but maybe they didn’t play their best.”
So there. Looks like the forward lines will stay intact, at least from how they practiced today, while he defensive pairings obviously depend on Rozsival. It was even more difficult to get a sense because Malik rested today as well (soreness, according to Renney), meaning that Thomas Pock was left to practice with that defensive stalwart, Colton Orr.