Straight from last night's shutout in Florida, Henrik Lundqvist returns to face the Predators in Bridgestone Arena tonight. Martin Biron will back up.
Defenseman Michal Rozsival, one of the handful of Rangers who skated, told Newsday afterward that he would dress tonight for the first time since Nov. 9.
"Have you had any contact yet?," I asked. "Contact tonight," said Rozsival, who has missed nine game with a sprained right shoulder and practiced twice on this trip. Rozsival said his shoulder was "close" to 100 percent and that his achy knee was not as much of an issue. "I wouldn't take a chance if I wasn't sure," he said.
It was unclear who would be scratched on defense, but logic says it would be Matt Gilroy, who played in Rozsival's absence. Gilroy, Michael Sauer, Biron, a stickless Chris Drury and Derek Boogaard were among the Rangers on ice for the optional skate, although other players were at the rink for a meeting and workout.
Boogaard (sore shoulder), who was scratched on Friday, apparently will sit tonight as well. He stayed on ice for an extended period working with assistant coaches Mike Sullivan and Benoit Allaire. Todd White, who played 5:57 Friday, is in again.
Unclear where Alex Frolov (one goal in seven games and his Rangers-low 9:19 on ice Friday) will be...
More details at 5 p.m. when coach John Tortorella meets the media...
Four things to watch:
Overtime. The Preds have gone to OT in five of eight home games this season, including shootouts in the last two. They have won just one of those five.
PK: The Preds PK is 17-for-17 over the last five. Rangers have a PP goal in each of the last four games (4-13)
B2B: Rangers are 4-0 in 2nd leg of back-to-backs on the road.
Derek Stepan: The rookie center has at least a point in the last six games, 3-4-7. Marc Staal and Bradnon Prust each have three points in the last two.