The good news for Rangers fans is Jaromir Jagr was on the ice for the start of the morning skate.
The bad news? He was off within minutes, still feeling the affects of a groin tweak from Saturday night.
“If I felt good, I would have stayed there,” Jagr said. “It wasn’t good. That’s all I can tell you.”
Of course, the Captain did skate after his teammates left the ice in just warm-up clothes and a helmet, shooting on Stephen Valiquette. Taking it relatively easy, he showed no overt signs of discomfort. But he’ll be a game-time decision nonetheless.
With that in mind, the Rangers are likely to call someone up from Hartford to skate in warm-ups. Who that is remains in question. In all likelihood the lines will be shuffled if Jagr can’t play, so it might be someone like Dane Byers to skate on the fourth line. Stay tuned.
In other news:
SECOND STAR — HENRIK LUNDQVIST, G, NEW YORK RANGERS
Lundqvist posted a 3-0-0 record, 0.65 goals-against average, .976
save percentage and one shutout as the Rangers won three consecutive home
games. He made 21 saves as the Rangers defeated Tampa Bay 3-1 on Oct. 29,
notched his third shutout of the season (31 saves) in a 2-0 victory over
Washington Nov. 1 stopped 28 of 29 shots and all three shootout attempts
in a 2-1 victory over New Jersey Nov. 3. Lundqvist has appeared in each of
the Rangers’ 13 games this season, posting a 6-6-1 record with a 1.61
goals-against average, .939 save percentage and three shutouts.