Henrik Lundqvist, stricken with the flu before Thursday's game against the Sabres, is still not 100 percent, and backup Martin Biron will start tomorrow's matinee against the Edmonton Oilers.
"You know me, I want to play every game," said Lundqvist, who appeared an a career-high 73 last season. "But should you go out and battle? You can't be selfish. Right now I just want to feel sharp."
Lundqvist (6-5-1, 2.67 GAA) is likely to face the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Monday.
The Rangers brass anticipated that Biron, (2-2, 2.26 GAA), would play 17-20 games this season, but this will be his fifth in 17. "If Henrik was healthy enough he would play, but we feel very good about Marty's game," coach John Tortorella said after practice yesterday. "This is what's good when you have a veteran guy to help out in these types of situations."
Biron, 35, who signed a two-year contract on July 1, made 29 saves in the 3-2 overtime triumph on Thursday. He is 0-5-0 in his career against the Oilers, who are ending a five-game road trip.
Tortorella anticipates the same lineup, which means Derek Boogaard will be a healthy scratch again.
More from practice in a bit...