In the can-these-guys-catch-a-break department, Brian Heyman checked in from the MGS Training Center to say Martin Straka has a concussion and is out, according to Tom Renney, for at least the next two games.
Count on it being more than that. The Rangers are already overly cautious with injuries, and especially with anything to the head. A big determining factor is whether Straka still has any symptoms, because until any of those cease, a return date isn’t even worth discussing.
In Straka’s place, Nigel Dawes took the left wing alongside Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr.
<li>Compounding matters even more is Brendan Shanahan’s absence from practice as well. The soon-to-be-39 year old wing is day-to-day after his knee-on-knee collision on Saturday.
What suggests to me that it might not be that serious is Greg Moore skated in Shanahan’s place alongside Chris Drury and Sean Avery. I say that because if the Rangers expected Shanahan to be out for a prolonged period of time, they’d likely shake up the lines to move Petr Prucha into his place.
But that’s just an educated guess from a guy who’s sleep deprived.
<li>Brian also spoke with Henrik Lundqvist, who said his father is recovering well from brain surgery, and who refused to use his family situation as an excuse for his uneven play of late.
<li>The good news for the Rangers? Seven of their next nine games before the All-Star break will be at the Garden.
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