First, the returns: Jaromir Jagr and Henrik Lundqvist were back on the ice for practice today, so their availability for tomorrow looks promising.
Now the missing: Marcel Hossa was out for the third straight day with the flu.
And finally, the confusing part: in Hossa’s absence, the Rangers bumped everyone up a peg on the left side. Petr Prucha moved to the second line with Brendan Shanahan and Scott Gomez; Ryan Hollweg took Prucha’s spot with Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan; and Jason Strudwick took left wing with Blair Betts and Colton Orr (Sean Avery skated again, but only as a spare forward, so he’s not a possibility for tomorrow).
This also meant Marek Malik was back in at defense, albeit not with Michal Rozsival, but alongside Paul Mara.
All of this presents the obvious question: wouldn’t the timing be ripe to call a red-hot Nigel Dawes back up from Hartford?
Granted, Tom Renney said he’s still discussing a call-up, but I’m surprised it requires that much thought.
I suppose we’ll know more soon….