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Lundqvist Day-to-Day With Minor Issue

As if things couldn't get any worse for the Rangers, today we found out that Henrik Lundqvist is day-to-day with a "minor issue" according to the team and Alain Vigneault would not rule out that Cam Talbot would get the start on Thursday in Philadelphia (via Daily News).

Vigneault would not describe the issue but said (via Newsday)…

"something nagging…and want to nip it in the bud."

Lundqvist was on the ice before practice without pads, testing out new skates, but he did not come back onto the ice with the full group.

…when it rains it pours Rangers fans. Actually based on the report that Lundqvist was testing out new skates before practice I'm hoping it might just be a blister. But who knows with the Rangers medical staff who is notorious for being mum as well as misleading on injuries.

…if Lundqvist has side stepped any major injury, this might be a blessing in disguise. I thought the game in Philly was the perfect spot to get Talbot his first NHL experience as the Flyers offense is just as putrid as the Rangers and it might motivate the Blueshirts to step up their game in front of a rookie goalkeeper.

Here were the lines at practice…

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Brad Richards
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-J.T. Miller
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Jesper Fast
Mats Zuccarello-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett

Extras: Brandon Mashinter, Carl Hagelin

…can someone explain to me what Zuccarello is doing on the fourth line? Or why Fast's speed is being wasted on a line with Boyle and Pyatt? And don't even get me started on Mashinter being an extra skater.

Another change AV made today was to insert Ryan McDonagh onto the second power play unit.

…it's about time McD gets a chance to prove himself on the power play. He definitely has some offensive ability that's been untapped.

Post practice, AV owned up to the Rangers struggles…

…talk is cheap, but I give him credit for taking responsibility.

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