TAMPA, Fla. — Rangers forward Ryan Strome, who left Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday with an apparent right knee injury, took part in practice Rangers optional morning at Amalie Arena ahead of Game 4 on Tuesday. . Barclay Goodrow, who was also injured in the match but returned and finished it, did not skate.
Rangers manager Gerard Gallant said the fact that Strome skated and Goodrow meant nothing in terms of player availability for Game 4, and that he expects both players are playing.
“It doesn’t mean anything,” Gallant said of the morning practice. “They’ve done that most of the playoffs.”
Goodrow, who blocked a Victor Hedman shot in the third period and appeared to re-injure his left ankle/foot which was injured in Game 1 of the first playoff series against Pittsburgh, has missed 11 games with the injury. original, returning for Game 6 of the second-round series against Carolina.
When asked if Goodrow would be a playing time decision on Tuesday, Gallant replied, “I would expect him to play.”
When asked if he had the same expectations for Strome, Gallant replied, “Yeah. Again, I’m not sure he’ll play tonight, but I expect him to play. I haven’t heard anything that he’s not playing.”
Another injured forward, Sammy Blais, who tore his ACL in November but has been skating with the team since the start of the Carolina series, skated Tuesday and for the first time was not wearing a non-contact jersey. Gallant, who wasn’t on the ice for the skate, said he didn’t see the skate and didn’t know Blais wasn’t wearing a non-contact jersey.
“I heard about it for the first time,” he said. “I had no idea he changed his shirt today.”
The coach said he still sees Blais as a long shot in the series.
“Yeah,” he said. “I would love to see him there though.”