For the first time since the second game of the season, the Rangers could be completely healthy for Thursday’s meeting with the Islanders. Of course, “completely healthy” is a myth in the NHL —more on that in a bit—but at the very least, they could have all of their players active.
What they do, or don’t do, remains in play. For instance:
“The way we’re clicking now, Harry might just have to wait a game or two and see if anything evolves where we want to put him in if someone’s having a tough night or heaven forbid, there’s an injury,” Renney said. “But he’s ready to go and that’s the main thing.”
The reason this is intriguing is that there was a time—much to the puzzlement of many of you—that Malik’s spot in the lineup was a given as long as he was healthy. And while I do think he’s a more effective player than Jason Strudwick, I’m not sure Renney is ready to split up the pairing of Michal Rozsival and Marc Staal, who continue to show progress together. That would likely leave Malik with Paul Mara, and Renney might be reluctant to go there.
It’s a lot to process. Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves…