Apparently, neck stiffness isn’t anything Henrik Lundqvist can’t play through.

The Rangers franchise goaltender might not have taken part in an optional practice on Thursday, but coach Alain Vigneault is expecting him to play on Friday night against the Islanders at the Garden, just two days after Lundqvist took an elbow to the head from Penguins forward Chris Kunitz.

After practice, Vigneault said he hadn’t checked on Lundqvist’s status, but a team spokesman confirmed there is no injury concern and there would be nothing stopping him from playing.

“If he’s good to go, he’s going to play,” said Vigneault, who will take Lundqvist’s season-high of consecutive starts to eight, keeping backup Cam Talbot on the bench. “We have four games in six nights, so there is a good possibility Cam is going to play one of those games. I’m not sure which one.”

After the Islanders, the Rangers play host to the Wild and Maple Leafs on Sunday and Monday, respectively, ending their nine-game homestand. They then go to play six of the next seven on the road, starting Dec. 27 in Washington against the Capitals.

As the holiday roster freeze approached on Thursday at midnight, the Rangers recalled forward J.T. Miller from AHL Hartford, while sending down forward Arron Asham and defenseman Dylan McIlrath. Miller has now made three round trips from the big club to the minors.