NEW YORK --Martin Biron was scheduled to get the start in net for the New York Rangers against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night, but he came down with a touch of the flu following morning practice and will sit the game out.
Instead, starter Henrik Lundqvist will be between the pipes in the Rangers' final game before the All-Star break. Chad Johnson was recalled from Connecticut of the AHL to serve as Lundqvist's backup.
The Jets are playing their third game in four nights as they enter the break. Ondrej Pavelec will be in net for the Jets as Chris Mason made the start Monday night in Carolina.
Alexander Burmistrov suffered an injury in that 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes and won't play against the Rangers. The Jets recalled Aaron Gagnon from the St. John's IceCaps of the AHL to take his spot in the lineup. To make room, the team placed Evander Kane on the injured reserve.
Jets coach Claude Noel said he liked the fact that Gagnon can play center and he's been doing well (8 goals, 12 assists, 32 games) in the minors.
How Noel will stack his lineup remains in doubt, but if Gagnon plugs into Burmistrov's spot, this is how things could look:
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres