Nine players took part in Sunday's optional morning skate at the MSG Training Center, though rookie J.T. Miller only did conditioning skating drills with assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld. Miller did not take shots nor pass the puck due to a sore left wrist, that leaves him questionable to play this evening's game against the Washington Capitals at The Garden.
"It's still sore, so we'll have to see what the best move is," Miller said after the morning skate. "It feels a little better, but I'm not sure yet (if he will play). I have to talk to Torts."
Miller said he is unsure of how and when the injury exactly happened. He knows it was sometime in the second period of Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Panthers, and could have come when he braced himself against the boards. Miller did have x-rays taken that night which proved to be negative.
Rangers head coach John Tortorella will not reveal his lineup until later this afternoon, though Kris Newbury already was recalled from the Connecticut Whale yesterday and Arron Asham finally is healthy enough to play after missing 15 games with a sore back. Those two could enter the lineup tonight should Miller not play since the Rangers also have to fill Jeff Halpern's spot since Halpern was claimed on waivers by the Canadiens on Saturday.
"I was real excited to get the call," Newbury said on Sunday morning. "Driving down here from Hartford I was thinking of all the things I need to do to help the team if I get the chance."
Henrik Lundqvist will make his seventh straight start in goal for the Blueshirts, who head out on the road after tonight's Garden contest. The Rangers will play in Philadelphia on Tuesday, in Ottawa on Thursday, and up in Montreal on Saturday.
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