As if the Rangers don’t have enough to worry about these days, they practiced today without both Jaromir Jagr and Henrik Lundqvist. But hey, at least all their important players are healthy.
Although Jagr tried to test out his stiff back once and then again in the first 15 minutes of practice, he eventually left the ice for good and didn’t come back, leaving Sean Avery to take his spot on the wing with Brandon Dubinsky and Martin Straka. Tom Renney said the decision for Jagr to skip practice was merely precautionary, and that after treatment today, the captain should be fine for both tomorrow and Sunday’s afternoon meeting with the ‘Yotes.
Lundqvist’s situation could be more complicated. The goaltender, according to Renney, has a touch of the flu, and seeing how Marcel Hossa missed his second consecutive practice for similar reasons, the goaltender’s recovery might be more open-ended (Lundqvist was also seen wearing an ice pack on his wrist after the Washington game, so there may be an issue there as well). In the King’s place, the Rangers again went with former Manhattanville goalie Chad Killam as a stand-in, and while Renney said a call-up is a consideration (hello Al Montoya?) he also said Lundqvist could at the very least back up Stephen Valiquette Sunday.
In other words, stay tuned…