Just as Olympians Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan McDonagh were given maintenance days of rest off from practice on Tuesday, Carl Hagelin did not skate today as the Rangers prepped for Friday night’s game at Carolina. Coach Alain Vigneault has said he would monitor how the players coming back from the Olympics were feeling and would give days of rest when he felt appropriate. Hagelin is expected to be in the lineup at Carolina and Vigneault said Lundqvist would make his fourth straight after losing his third straight decision in Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs. Mats Zuccarello, who suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand blocking a shot for Norway in the Olympics on Feb. 16 - and expected to miss 3-4 weeks from that point - will be a game-time decision against the Hurricanes after looking strong in practice. He is passing well and shooting well and it seems like he can play through any lingering pain at this point. “It’s getting better and better, I feel more comfortable with the puck and in certain situations out there so yeah, I feel good. Obviously everyone wants to play every game so you don’t want to hurry it either but I feel good now so we’ll see,” said Zuccarello, adding he “I don’t know” when asked whether there was any indication he would play or if he’s been cleared to play. “I feel good I feel like I can do most of the things out there.” Zucccarello also had this to say when asked whether he looked up to Marty St. Louis (figuratively at least) when he was growing up.
Lundqvist to start, Zuccarello will be a game-time decision at Carolina; Hagelin given today off
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