Scott Gomez took part in a full practice today, and was even subjected to a few minutes of jostling with Colton Orr along the boards to see how his ankle would hold up.
The early returns were positive, to the extent that should Gomez not have any sort of adverse reaction this evening or tomorrow morning, you can expect him to return tomorrow night against the Coyotes.
“I’m cautiously optimistic, but we’ll see how he’s doing in the morning,” Tom Renney said.
If Gomez returns, you can also expect to see him back on a line with Chris Drury at wing. That’s at least how Renney had the team practicing today.
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In this scenario, it looks like Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha would be the scratches.
The Rangers also looked like they were practicing with new defensive pairings, with Michal Rozsival with Marc Staal and Dmitri Kalinin with Paul Mara. The only unit that stayed intact was Wade Redden and Dan Girardi.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are struggling, and Tom Renney knows it. He said he started to watch the video of yesterday’s game on the plane ride home, and was so discouraged he had to turn it off midway through.