UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -New York Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan sat out Thursday night against the New York Islanders because of a leg injury that shelved him for the third period of Monday's win over Pittsburgh.
Shanahan is not seriously injured, and coach Tom Renney said he expects the 39-year-old winger to play Friday when the Rangers and Islanders conclude a home-and-home series at Madison Square Garden.
"He's much much better," Renney said a few hours before Thursday's game. "He'll play tomorrow, there's no doubt in my mind about that. It's as much precautionary as anything."
Shanahan was injured Monday during the second period, but later returned to the bench. Renney said the injury is a "muscle issue."
The Rangers entered play Thursday needing just one win in their final three games to secure an Eastern Conference playoff berth for the third straight year.