There now appears to be at least a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to Scott Gomez’s troublesome ankle.
Although the Rangers center didn’t skate again today and will not play for the fourth straight game, Tom Renney said Gomez did show marked signs of improvement thanks to — no lie — an acupuncture treatment yesterday.
“Today was as good as he’s felt all along,” Renney said of Gomez.
That still puts Saturday in Ottawa as highly doubtful, but Gomez is expected to skate again on his own tomorrow.
Update, 6:21 p.m.: Larry Brooks reports that Gomez “had a stress fracture in his ankle, then pulled his groin trying to play through it.”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/11192008/sports/rangers/rangers_gomez_has_stress_fracture_139573.htm The prognosis remains the same, with the center doubtful for Saturday and more likely for Monday.
Meanwhile, amidst all the talk of Markus Naslund facing his old team and Roberto Luongo facing Henrik Lundqvist, let’s not forget that Renney will be facing his old team as well for just the third time in his career.
Renney’s season-plus stint with the Canucks was hardly a triumphant one. He went a combined 39-52-9 and was canned at the beginning of the 1997-98 season — thank you, Mark Messier? — but he did say he benefited from the experience regardless.
“I was given the chance to coach in the NHL there. And I very much appreciate that. I grew up from the experience to say the least,” Renney said. “So whether they want it that way or not, the Vancouver Canucks have some ownership in whatever I am. But I’ll appreciate beating them. I’ll be good with that.”
On the shameless plug front, don’t forget “live video chat tomorrow at 1:15”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/99999999/MOGULUS0103/399990019. I demand a good turnout since the Rangers are supposed to be off tomorrow and I normally would sneak in a lunchtime skate at WSA.
I’m told there will be some special guests from Sweden live in studio, which should only add to the experience. And no, I’m not talking about Henrik Lundqvist and Markus Naslund.
But if you can’t wait until then — and something tells me you can — I’ll be on with Kenny Albert after the second period tonight. That’s Kenny Albert: Capital “K”, capital “A” (if you must know, he said he wanted me to mention him in the blog, so there you have it).