Henrik Lundqvist is making progress dealing with the unidentified injury that kept him off the ice for three consecutive practices and out of Thursday night’s game against the Flyers.

“It’s better” said Lundqvist under orders from management not to disclose the nature of the injury he said he sustained during the second game of the season Oct. 7 in Los Angeles. “It’s definitely moving in the right direction.”

The goaltender spent about a half-hour on the ice following the Blueshirts’ optional morning skate working on lateral movements in the net with assistant coach Benoit Allaire and taking shots from scratches Mats Zuccarello Justin Falk and Carl Hagelin.

“I would be out there [if this were April]” the goaltender said before the Flyers’ 2-1 victory over the Rangers. “There are ways to hide it and help out with the pain. It’s something I could play through.
“But the season is long and you have to be smart about it. I want to make sure this [treatment] pays off.”

The decision to deal with the matter at this time was dictated as much by the schedule as by the discomfort Lundqvist was experiencing. The four-day gap between games presented the optimum opportunity for the goaltender to get well while missing the minimum number of games.

Saturday’s game in Detroit is obviously at risk though Cam Talbot’s solid performance in his NHL debut (25 saves) minimizes the urge to rush Lundqvist into the net before he is ready.