The Rangers said that Lundqvist could play tonight if he had to, but they will give him a couple more days to heal. Lundqvist will start either Saturday or Sunday, but head coach Alain Vigneault didn’t know which one yet. Barring something unforeseen, Lundqvist will start two of three games on the California road trip.
Lundqvist (hip) expected to play on the Rangers’ upcoming road-trip.
Lundqvist returned to practice on Monday, his first practice since straining a hip muscle on March 7th. “Expect [Lundqvist] at some point” during the Rangers’ California road trip head coach Alain Vigneault said after practice. Look for Antti Raanta to start the Rangers’ next two games, but for Lundqvist to be ready for the weekend.
Lundqvist will miss 2-3 weeks with a lower-body injury.
Lundqvist was scratched from Thursday’s game with what was considered a minor injury, but the Rangers announced on Saturday morning that Lundqvist will miss at least two weeks. With Lundqvist out, Antti Raanta takes over as the No.1 and Magnus Hellberg has been recalled to be his backup.
Lundqvist (lower-body) will not be available on Thursday.
Lundqvist tweaked something in the Rangers’ win in Florida on Tuesday. Lundqvist finished the game with 43 saves, but won’t be available for tonight’s game in Carolina. He is listed as day-to-day, so monitor his status leading up to Sunday’s game in Detroit.
Lundqvist allowed four goals on 35 shots in the Rangers’ loss in Montreal on Saturday. Lundqvist has lost three of his last four starts while posting a 3.51 GAA and .894 SV%. Tonight he will start the tail-end of the Rangers back-to-back and it will be his second start vs. Florida. He allowed two goals on 30 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss in the first meeting.