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Asham Hoping For Sunday Return

After winning back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday nights, the Rangers held an optional practice Wednesday afternoon at the MSG Training Center. Fourteen players took part in the workout run by assistant coaches Mike Sullivan, Jim Schoenfeld and Benoit Allaire, with Martin Biron the lone goaltender among the group.

Arron Asham took part in the practice, and then stayed on the ice long after everyone else had departed to work on his conditioning with Schoenfeld. Afterwards Asham stated that his sore back is feeling "much better" and that he now has a target date for a return to the lineup.

"I think I could be ready for Sunday," Asham said of the weekend contest against the Capitals at Madison Square Garden. "Of course it's up to the coaches, we'll see what they say. If it was up to me I would have played yesterday or even before just so I wouldn't have to do these skates with Schoeny any more."

The veteran forward, who has one goal and 17 penalty minutes in 12 games this season, has missed 14 consecutive games because of the sore back. 

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After playing in both ends of the back-to-backs it was no surprise that Henrik Lundqvist chose not to be on the ice for Wednesday's optional practice. Lundqvist did mention after Tuesday's 3-2 win in New Jersey  that he suffered some headaches during the game after being elbowed in the head and having his head snap back as a result.

Lundqvist said he was feeling fine after the game Tuesday, and head coach John Tortorella reiterated as much on Wednesday with a quick "he's fine" when asked about his star goalie.

There was no talk as to which goaltender the Rangers will use Thursday against the Florida Panthers. Lundqvist has started five games in a row and 11 of the last 12. Biron last started two Sundays ago, a 4-1 win in Washington.

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Mar 20 - 5:27pm
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