There was some confusion at practice this morning as Jesper Fast joined Chris Kreider as the only two Rangers not on the ice for this morning’s practice.
However, Alain Vigneault said that the Swedish rookie was just given a “maintenance morning” and will be in the lineup tonight.
…i’ve been watching hockey basically my entire life and I’ve never heard of someone taking a “maintenance morning” on the day of a playoff game. Fast suffered a high ankle sprain earlier this season in Hartford, so wonder if this is somehow related.
…obviously this is something to keep an eye on.
Meanwhile, over at Flyers camp, head coach Craig Berube says that Steve Mason (upper body injury) is doing better and will rejoin the team in New York tomorrow, but he’s not sure if his starting goaltender will be ready to return for Game 2 on Sunday.
Rick Nash says it’s not an advantage for the Rangers to face backup Ray Emery over Mason (via New York Post)…
“They’re different-hand goalies, so you pick different spots to shoot. But they’re both great goalies. I’ve played against Emery since I was basically 16 and [I played] with Mason for a few years, so you’re going to have to outwork them if you want to score.”
…i know the Rangers have a tendency to turn back-ups into Patrick Roy and Nash is giving Emery some props, but this is a huge advantage for the Rangers. Emery hasn’t started a playoff game since 2011 and the Rangers roughed him up pretty good back in January. If Emery succeeds in this series it’ll be because the Rangers inability to finish has followed them in the postseason, not because of his skill set.
Meanwhile, the Flyers have busted out a new team t-shirt for the playoffs…
If you can’t read the bottom, it says “Started from the Bottom, Now We’re Here.”
….if that slogan sounds familiar, you’re probably a Drake fan…