Lundqvist will start his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday.
Lundqvist allowed two goals on 39 shots in the Rangers’ 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday. Lundqvist has enjoyed a stellar start to the 2015-16 season, winning his first three starts while allowing just six goals on 106 shots (.943 SV%). He draws a strong matchup tonight vs. the Jets who lost badly to the Islanders on Monday.
McIlrath is expected to make his season debut on Tuesday.
McIlrath will replace Dan Boyle in the Rangers’ lineup on Tuesday. The 23-year-old blueliner had six goals and 11 assists (17 points) in 73 games with Hartford (AHL) last season but has yet to record a point in three NHL games. Look for him to skate alongside Keith Yandle.
Boyle will be a healthy scratch for the Rangers on Tuesday.
Boyle had one assist and a plus-2 rating in Saturday’s win over the Rangers, but head coach Alain Vigneault obviously wants more out of Boyle, especially in the defensive zone, so he will sit tomorrow vs. Winnipeg.
Lundqvist will start again on Saturday vs. Columbus.
Lundqvist stopped 31 of 33 shots that he faced in the Rangers’ 4-2 win in Columbus last night. He will start on back-to-back nights as the Rangers welcome the Blue Jackets for their home opener. Lundqvist has stopped 63 of 65 shots (.940 SV%) that he’s faced en route to a 2-0 start.
Lundqvist stopped 32 of 34 shots that he faced in Wednesday’s season opening win in Chicago. This is the type of performance we’ve become accustom to seeing from King Henrik over the years. Tonight he will take on a Blue Jackets team that he was 2-0-0 with a 1.94 GAA and .941 SV% against in 2014-15.
Lundqvist will start the Rangers season opener vs. Chicago.
Lundqvist comes into the season after going 2-0-0 with a 2.25 GAA and .933 SV% in three preseason outings. He didn’t face the Blackhawks last season, but he was a strong 14-5-1 with a 2.14 GAA and .925 SV% in 20 road starts. He is one of the league’s top goaltenders and in a short fantasy week, he should be started in all formats, despite a tough matchup.
Zuccarello (head) will make his preseason debut on Thursday.
Zuccarello will play in his first game since April 24th after suffering a skull fracture. Zuccarello had 15 goals and 34 assists (49 points) in 78 games and two assists in five playoff games before he suffered the injury. The 28-year-0ld has been a consistent point producer over the last two seasons and should approach 50 points again this season.
Lundqvist gave up one goal on 22 shots in the Rangers 1-0 loss in Washington in Game 3. The goal was a fluky one and hardly on Lundqvist, who has outstanding yet again. Despite the Rangers being down 2-1 in the series, King Henrik has posted a 1.68 GAA and .940 SV% through three games in this series.