It was like an enormous sigh of reduction could possibly be heard coming from the Rangers group when it came upon Monday that Brett Howden wasn’t significantly harm.
The 20-year-old heart had been in a harmful collision through the staff’s 3-1 win over the Sabres on Sunday night time on the Backyard, getting twisted up earlier than going full-speed and face-first into the backboards. He didn’t return for “precaution,” the identical purpose he didn’t follow on Monday.
However Howden strolled into the locker room anyway, saying he felt fairly good after what may have been a really unhealthy scenario.
“I really feel good to be right here, simply sort of taking it daily,” Howden stated. “All the blokes had been asking me what it was as a result of it may have been a number of issues. I’m actually fortunate that it’s nothing critical. It was sort of simply an ungainly play.”
It appears most unlikely Howden will play in Tuesday’s Backyard match towards the Canadiens after the membership known as up Lias Andersson from AHL Hartford. Coach David Quinn wasn’t going to push Howden again into the lineup after he had change into one in all his finest gamers by way of his first 14 video games within the league.
“We definitely will err on the aspect of warning,” Quinn stated, “versus be aggressive and throwing him on the market.”
Goalie Henrik Lundqvist stated he felt “fairly good” the day after he took an ungainly hit to the pinnacle/neck from fellow Swede Rasmus Dahlin on Sunday night time. Regardless of coping with some neck points earlier within the season, Lundqvist practiced and doesn’t anticipate any setback.
“In all probability do some therapies as we speak, loosen up the neck, after which good to go,” he stated. “My neck, I really feel prefer it will get twisted to totally different sides each time. However I feel it’s the one a part of your physique that’s fairly uncovered as a goalie, with the stance you’ve got. It’s going to occur. It at all times occurs yearly. Nevertheless it’s tremendous.”
Defenseman Adam McQuaid was placed on IR to make room for Andersson. McQuaid has been out since he suffered a lower-body harm on Oct. 25, and he’s thought-about “week-to-week.”
Veteran defenseman Fredrick Claesson practiced with an everyday jersey for the primary time since he went down with an upper-body harm on Oct. 17. Quinn stated the lefty shot, capable of play either side, was not fairly able to return to the lineup.
Heart Boo Nieves practiced in an everyday jersey for the second straight day as he recovers from the concussion suffered within the first preseason sport Sept. 17. He isn’t able to return but, both.