You can count the tans and one burn: Aaron Voros. "Men don't wear sunscreen. Lotion's for sissies," he said. Really.

                  Coach John Tortorella punted when I asked him if there was any reason Henrik Lundqvist wouldn't play tomorrow. "I never reveal the goaltender on the day before a game. Nice try though."

                  My translation: He'll start. And as I suggested yesterday in the chat, Alex Auld possibly against Florida on Saturday. "I think it was a good call. This is a good break, we're refreshed," said Lundqvist.

                      What is certain is this: Enver Lisin and Matt Gilroy are not dressing. Corey Locke will play his second straight game and Anders Eriksson will be back on the third d-pair with Wade Redden.

                      Neither Ryan Callahan or Sean Avery is close to returning. Callahan (right knee) was on the bike, felt slightly better, but didn't even skate on his own, he told me. Avery, his left knee wrapped, watched practice from near the glass and said there wasn't much improvement. But Brian Boyle (left ankle) rode the bike and thought he was going to skate today, and might tomorrow. "There's almost no swelling and it feels much better," he said.

                    The lineup:

                    Dubinsky-Christensen-Gaborik; Prospal-Jokinen-Parenteau; Voros-Locke-Drury; Shelley-Anisimov-Prust...Staal-Rozsival; Del Zotto-Girardi: Redden-Eriksson...

                    Afterward, former Isles broadcaster and current MSG scribe Jim Cerny and I flipped a few pucks around on a kids mini-rink in the corridor. He's threatened to post some tweetpix. Oh boy.

                    Hope he didn't snap my pathetic goal celebrations. Think I may have injured myself on one of them. The trainers ordered me to rest and recuperate by the pool.

                     More in a bit...





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