Thursday, November 4, 2010

Drury, Prospal, Gaborik All Travel; Gaborik, Lundqvist on Ice

For the first since their individual injuries all three of Captain Chris Drury, Assistant Captain Vinny Prospal and Star Marian Gaborik have made the trip with the team for a road game.  Obviously in terms of geography this was not a huge trip for them to make as it is just a train ride to Philadelphia, but I always think things like these help the club out in the long term as it gives a boost to the guys who are playing and also lets the injured guys feel more part of the team than the isolation a rehab stint can be.  The biggest difference in the Rangers so far this season as in most every game they have played as a team looking out for and standing up for one another.  That obviously will be tested tonight against a very agitating Flyers squad.  Little things like the injured players making trips to road games helps that cause as it continues to build chemistry in the room, which will show itself on the ice. 

In the more good news department both Henrik Lundqvist and the previously mentioned Marian Gaborik were on the ice for the skate this morning.  Lundqvist was expected to be as he was said to be fine after the puck to the neck from Brian Boyle yesterday.  Today's skate with the team marks the first such skate for Gaborik since his shoulder injury.  He had previously skated alone a few times, so this is another step in his road back to the lineup.

Update 11:55AM: All Ranger beat writers reporting that Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight vs the Flyers.  Not a surprise given the reports after the injury yesterday but also he wants to play tonight as bad as any game to get a W in Philly after how last year ended.