Fresh off of signing a seven-year $59.5 million dollar deal, Lundqvist will make his first start since last Friday after watching Cam Talbot in the last two games. The contract extension that makes him the highest paid goalie in the league by $1.5 million puts the non-existent goalie controversy to rest. He has a great matchup on Thursday and is a must-start as usual.
The Rangers have signed Henrik Lundqvist to a 7-year deal worth $59.5 million US which is an average annual salary of $8.5 million US.
Lundqvist has spent his entire nine-year career with the Rangers. In that time he has posted a 284-182-57 recvord with an outstanding 2.26 GAA and .920 SV%. The deal makes him the highest paid goalie in the NHL edging out Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask. This has been Lundqvist's toughest year so far, he is 8-11-0 with a 2.51 GAA and .917 SV%… That is how good he is, that is a tough year. He is still the clear number-1 in New York and remains an elite goaltending fantasy option.
Let the goalie controversy begin… Talbot will be getting his second straight start after allowing two goals on 37 shots in a big win over John Tortorella and the Canucks on Saturday. Talbot is 6-1-0 with a 1.49 GAA and .944 SV% in his first seven career NHL games.
In shocking news, Cam Talbot is off the ice first and appears to be getting the start vs. the Jets.
Let the goalie controversy begin… Talbot will looks to be getting his second straight start after allowing two goals on 37 shots in a big win over John Tortorella and the Canucks on Saturday. Talbot is 6-1-0 with a 1.49 GAA and .944 SV% in his first seven career NHL games.
Talbot will make his first start at Madison Square Garden this season. Talbot has been excellent this season allowing the Rangers to give Henrik Lundqvist a number of nights off. He is 5-1-0 with a 1.41 GAA and .944 SV% but has a tough matchup with with for Rangers' coach John Tortorella and his Canucks in town.
Lundqvist gets the nod this afternoon vs. the Bruins.
Lundqvist stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced in a win over the Panthers on Wednesday. I was a nice bounce-back game for him after his beat up by the Lightning on Monday. He draws a tough assignment taking on the Bruins this afternoon.
Lundqvist allowed four goals on 22 shots in two periods on Monday, he was replaced with Cam Talbot in the third. After a great game against the Stars, Lundqvist followed it up with a stinker. Tomorrow he gets the start in Florida, he is 3-5-0 with a 3.48 GAA and .895 SV% on the road this season.
The Rangers have sent J.T Miller to Hartford (AHL).
Miller was a healthy scratch in the last four Rangers contests. He has struggled this season with just one goal and one assist in 15 games. His return to the AHL likely means that Taylor Pyatt is nearing a return.
Lundqvist shut the door on 41 of 43 shots in a win over the Stars on Thursday. The win snapped a three game losing streak and pushed him to 7-9-0 with a 2.36 GAA and .921 SV% on the season. He has a solid matchup against a Lightning team who is struggling to score without Steven Stamkos.
Talbot stopped all 22 shots he faced in a shutout win over the Canadiens on November 16. Talbot has now won four consecutive and will look to extend his winning streak to five tomorrow vs. Nashville. His strong 1.58 GAA and .943 SV% against a weak offence warrants some spot-start consideration.
Del Zotto was a healthy scratch for the last three games but will rejoin the lineup tonight. The 23-year-old former 20th overall pick (2008) has had a disappointing start to the season after scoring 41 points in 2011-12 and was on pace for 36 over an 82 game season last year. He has been the talk of potential trades, but for now he is still a Ranger and will look to stay in the lineup with a strong game tonight.
Lundqvist allowed two goals on 22 shots and was out-duelled by Tuukka Rask for his third straight loss. Hopefully Rick Nash's return to the lineup will get the Rangers offence going and help the Swedish netminder. Tonight he takes on the Stars who have won six out of their last seven, while outscoring opponents 25-16.
Nash has missed the last 17 games after being concussed on a Brad Stuart hit on October 8. It was a lengthy recovery, but he will make his long awaited return tonight vs. Boston. The 29-year-old forward had 42 points (21G / 21A) in 44 games with the Rangers last season. He has been a consistent 30-plus goal scorer throughout his career, so it is fair to expected him to score 25-plus goals in the remaining 62 games of the season.