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:
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday