If the plan for the Rangers was to treat these final two games as dress rehearsals for the regular season, they’ll have to do so tonight without their leading man.
That means no Jaromir Jagr tonight against the Islanders thanks to a hip flexor.
Tom Renney downplayed it, and Jagr himself came on the ice late during the morning skate and skated lightly for more than 20 minutes (the injury apparently was caused by Jagr pushing himself too hard in extra skating sessions). The plan is for the captain to still play in tomorrow night’s preseason finale in Philly, but that, too, could change.
It appears the Rangers are being cautious with keeping Jagr out of the lineup, and it’s certainly better to have him out tonight as opposed to Thursday in the season opener. But given the Rangers sluggish start to the preseason, and the need to develop some chemistry both at even strength and on the power play, it’s at least a small setback.
Some other notes:
More in a bit…