I’ve been derailed today by a golf assignment, but Jeff Gold just checked in from practice to say Scott Gomez, who has apparently been fighting the flu, is not on the ice.
Meanwhile, Gomez’s absence does delay any possibly line reconfigurations that Tom Renney may have been contemplating. It’s a tricky balance, when you think about it: you don’t want to overreact to just one loss in your first six games, but you also don’t want to neglect an issue that has been brewing for more than a week.
My opinion, which counts for absolutely nothing: give the Naslund-Gomez-Drury experiment one more game. You’ll have plenty of time to tinker moving forward. But you need to see if it definitely doesn’t work before you rule it out.
In other news, Dmitri Kalinin, who had another, um, interesting game last night, is also not on the ice, for reasons that are unclear. Should he not be able to play tomorrow, the Rangers would need to summon a player from Hartford.
Update, 3:30 p.m.: Jeff Gold reports that Gomez and Kalinin were each out with soreness after getting hit with shots last night, but both will play tomorrow. The plan is also for Tom Renney to keep his lines intact at least one more game.
Finally, it sounds like Stephen Valiquette will play tomorrow so that Henrik Lundqvist can rest up for the Red Wings on Saturday.