Hank On Hamstring: "Everything's Good"

Friday night in Pittsburgh Henrik Lundqvist raised more than a few eyebrows by explaining that he tweaked his hamstring during the shootout against the Penguins. Though he quickly pointed out that he felt "fine", Lundqvist did say that he needed to see how he felt Saturday morning before knowing for sure if he could play that night's game against the Hurricanes in Raleigh.

This morning, following a team meeting at PNC Arena, Lundqvist was asked as he was heading to the team bus how his hamstring felt. He responded, "Everything's good. It's fine," before disappearing down the corridor.

The Rangers official lineup will not be announced until later today, but Lundqvist's thumbs-up, coupled with backup Marty Biron's long on-ice session following the meeting, likely means Lundqvist is good to go against the 'Canes tonight. Biron was one of only three players to skate Saturday morning, being joined by likely scratches J.T. Miller and Matt Gilroy.

Marc Staal worked out off ice again. He will spend some time with his brothers Eric and Jordan after the game and then will return to New York on Sunday when the rest of the team flies to Toronto.


Despite the fact that Penguins forward James Neal was hurt on the play behind the Rangers net last night, Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto will not face an NHL disciplinary hearing for his hit on Neal---one in which Del Zotto had his back to the Pens forward when the two collided and Del Zotto's elbow hit Neal up high.

"Obviously it wasn't intentional," Del Zotto said Saturday morning. "Unfortunately there was an injury, and I know him, he's a friend of mine, so I feel terrible about it. It's a quick game and things happen fast out there, and it's just unfortunate there was an injury."

As for tonight's game against the Hurricanes, Del Zotto said that the team is looking to keep building on this past week in which the Rangers have earned five of a possible six points so far.

"We were really happy with how we played last night," offered Del Zotto, who played more than 26 minutes Friday night. "It's unfortunate we didn't get two points, but we have to keep carrying on that momentum and keep playing the way we have been. We need to keep getting points each game."

Derek Stepan, who won the faceoff that led to Rick Nash's tying goal late in the third period on Friday, agreed with Del Zotto about the team's play of late, as well as the need to keep things rolling.

"There are only 11 (games) left now, and they're all huge points," Stepan said on Saturday. "You look at the standings and where we're at right now and they're all must-wins. That's the mindset we have to have, and we need to find ways to play consistently. We're coming. Each night lately we've gotten better and better. Now it all just comes down to consistency, being able to do that every single night."

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