PHILADELPHIA -- Another on-ice test Friday will help determine whether Henrik Lundqvist, who revealed that he was injured against Los Angeles on Oct. 7, will be sidelined for a second straight game Saturday when the Rangers visit Detroit.
After 30 minutes of post-practice drills with goaltending coach Benoit Allaire, Lundqvist said he was feeling better but declined to offer details on the injury, which appears to affect his lower body. Lundqvist offered only that it occurred early in the 3-1 win over the Kings in the second game of the season.
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"I do remember," he said yesterday when asked about specifics, then stopped, noting that he and the team agreed not to discuss it. "It's something I've had to look after every day," he added, but he didn't blame it for his uneven performances in the ensuing four games.
"I don't know if I'm going to be ready for Saturday," said Lundqvist, who has missed three practices and called himself "rusty . . . It's something that's been around and that's why I thought this week was a good time to try to get rid of it. I definitely want to feel as close to 100 percent as possible."
"It's a challenge to be patient; the season is long, so you have to be smart about it, you can't rush it. Maybe you wait an extra day. It's up to the coaches, too. We'll see how things look tomorrow. Hopefully it's moving in the right direction."
Lundqvist, who has missed only a handful of games because of injuries in eight years, said if Thursday night's game had been a playoff game, "I would be out there. There's ways around it to help out with the pain situation."
The scratch of Mats Zuccarello, who had taken only seven shots in seven games, was based more on his performance than a desire to deploy 6-4 forward Brandon Mashinter, Alain Vigneault said. "There are quite a few players that could have been in his position; it's not like we're getting tons of offensive production up front," he said.