Henrik Lundqvist has been fighting a stomach ailment. It’s why he didn’t play on Monday and why he missed the post-game interviews after a win over Boston on Sunday, when he was getting intravenous fluid. Hear the gruesome details and we fumble to understand the ailment.
He still doesn’t know why he was throwing up so much during the game that he needed those fluids. He doesn’t feel sick, he just can’t eat big meals comfortably beginning last week. Lundqvist said he is taking medicine for it now and expects it to clear up.
Does it worry Rangers coach John Tortorella?
“Not for a second,” Tortorella said. He expects Lundqvist will be in goal against Nashville tomorrow.
Nik Antropov didn’t practice today after getting “banged up” in the 3-0 loss to Carolina. Tortorella said he would be ready to go tomorrow as well.
As for the line, Tortorella made his first major switches since taking over. With Antropov out, Aaron Voros played with Chris Drury and Brandon Dubinsky. Sean Avery was on the second line with Scott Gomez and Nikolai Zherdev, and Markus Naslund played with Lauri Korpikoski and Ryan Callahan.
The last line, Fredrik Sjostrom, Blair Betts and Colton Orr, remained intact.
On defense, Paul Mara played with Michal Rozsival and Derek Morris was with Wade Redden.
Avery said he played with Gomez about half the year in his previous stint as a Ranger.
“I think the way he’s coaching this team is you’re going to be rewarded on how you work,” said Avery, who will see more time with the new line if they are played tomorrow as practiced today.
Everyone was asked about being in ninth place in the standings, and everyone issued some form of the “one game at a time” quote. It was an easy fill in the blank.
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