Apparently Michael Nylander is fine and will play tonight. That was according to Tom Renney, and judging by the fact that there were no new faces at the morning skate, and the fact that the same trio—Ryan Hollweg, Colton Orr, and Thomas Pock—stayed on the ice late, we can assume the Rangers will ice the same lineup tonight.
That said, for Nylander to miss two days in a row is evidence that he’s not 100 percent. But he’s a warrior, so we can expect to see the usual circle backs into the neutral zone tonight.
Some more clarifications are in order:
With that in mind, Al Montoya, Alex Bourret, Dane Byers, Nigel Dawes, Brandon Dubinsky, Jarkko Immonen, Hugh Jessiman, David Liffiton, Greg Moore, and Hannu Pikkkarainen have all been recalled.
None skated with the big club today, and as of now, they’ll skate separately unless Renney is contemplating incorporating some into the lineup.
And speaking of prospects, Marc Staal continues to impress in the OHL playoffs. His Subdury team was supposed to bow out early, but Staal is one of the major reasons they’re still alive.
OK, big one tonight. Bigger than big, actually. I’ll have more from the Garden later…