A couple of quick hits after practice:
<li>Stephen Valiquette will start tomorrow against Carolina to give Henrik Lundqvist a chance to rest up for Wednesday’s game in Pittsburgh.
Lundqvist said practice wasn’t optional for him today, but the Rangers’ occasional spare practice goalie Chad Killam (a former Manhattanville College) goalie had brought his stuff to the rink just in case.
Regardless, Lundqvist took part in the hour-plus skate, and said he needed to.
“I wanted to skate. I haven’t practiced,” Lundqvist said. “The practice we had in Montreal wasn’t a real practice. You can’t stay away too long.”
<li>An important clarification to my previous post: I originally thought Petr Prucha and Lauri Korpikoski would again be scratches tomorrow, but it was actually Aaron Voros and Dan Fritsche who left the ice last at practice, signaling they’d be scratches tomorrow. If that’s the case, Prucha would be on a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Nikolai Zherdev, and Lauri Korpikoski would skate with Chris Drury and Nigel Dawes.
<li>The team had a meeting before practice. The message? Don’t get too comfortable. “We’re in a good position, but we just want to make sure we’re in a great position heading into the playoffs,” Brandon Dubinsky said.