A few notes from practice while another meeting with the Islanders awaits:
<li> Brandon Dubinsky has a tweak in his knee and Scott Gomez continues to nurse a strained groin so neither skated. By the way, if having a strained groin means skating like Gomez did last night, where do I sign up?
<li>Henrik Lundqvist will play tomorrow. “Definitely,” Tom Renney said when asked.
<li>The lineup doesn’t sound like it will be tinkered with tomorrow night, either, although Tom Renney made some vague references to players who were not protecting the puck well enough. I suppose that could apply to Sean Avery, whose giveaway led to one Islanders goal last night; or Christian Backman, whose own follies led to another. Renney said he’ll contemplate that later today, so stay tuned.
<li>With cameraman/videographer extraordinaire Ricky Flores on hand, I spent practice also working on a project for next week about how more and more players are opting to live in the city as opposed to sleepy Westchester.
There are a couple of theories on why this is: one, players make more money now so even a rookie can lead a pretty good life in Manhattan. But the other is that unlike a generation earlier, when management didn’t wantÂ players running wild in the city, the NHL player is believed to beÂ more responsible. I suppose there are always exceptions.
Either way, look for more on this next week.
<li>Techno music was back pumping through the locker room, leading to this question from Tom Renney: “Is Hoss (Marcel Hossa) back? Did we trade for him?”