The first time the Rangers ice a full team will end up being the first game of the season. But at least they will have Jaromir Jagr back in the lineup tonight against the Flyers.
With Tom Renney wanting to give Nigel Dawes another look, he’ll sit Petr Prucha, and will also rest his top pairing of Michal Rozsival and Marek Malik in favor of Paul Mara and Thomas Pock. Sean Avery (groin) and Stephen Valiquette (hand) are also out, as is Artem Anisimov, who will likely be shipped to Hartford by Monday.
As for lines, you can expect Renney to stick with Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez together, and to give Jagr his first test run with Chris Drury.
Still unclear is how much Henrik Lundqvist will play, although Renney sounded last night that he wanted to give the Swede — who has yet to exhibit his best form this preseason — at least some more work before Thursday.