Lundqvist allowed four goals on 38 shots in the Rangers loss to the Islanders on Tuesday. King Henrik was bombarded in his first start after the All Star break, but he was 14-2-0 entering Tuesday, so he is a strong option even with the tough matchup with Montreal—he is 1-1-0 with a 1.52 GAA and .941 SV% against Montreal this season.
Lundqvist allowed two goals on 35 shots in the Rangers win over the Senators last Tuesday. He won three in a row entering the All Star break and has won six of seven with a 1.64 GAA and .950 SV% in the month of January. Tonight he will face an Islanders team he is 0-2-0 against this season, but they will be without Kyle Okposo.
Lundqvist allowed two goals on 34 shots in the Rangers 5-2 win over the Penguins on Sunday. Lundqvist continues to sizzle, having won 13 of his last 15 starts. In January, he is 5-1-0 with a 1.59 GAA and .951 SV%, so you should have no concerns about rolling Lundqivst out vs. the Senators tonight.
The Rangers and defenseman Marc Staal have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension.
Terms were not disclosed, but ESPN.com reported a six-year extension with average annual value of $5.7 million, a full no-trade clause in the first three years and a full-no movement clause. Staal, who would have been an unrestricted free agent on July 1, has two goals and six assists in 42 games this season. The No. 12 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft has 29 goals and 119 points in 503 regular-season games.
Lundqvist stopped 35 of 36 shots in the Rangers win over the Blue Jackets on Friday night. He has been great in the 2015 calendar year, going 4-1-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .953 SV% so far. This afternoon he will take on a Penguins team he has already gone 2-0-1 with a 1.59 GAA and .953 SV% against this season.
Stepan (upper-body) will play tonight vs. the Blue Jackets.
Stepan missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury that he suffered on Tuesday, but he will play tonight. J.T Miller will be a healthy scratch and Stepan will skate in his usual spot between Chris Kreider and Martin St. Louis. Stepan has six goals and 21 assists (27 points) in 28 games this season.
Lundqvist allowed three goals on 32 shots in the Rangers’ 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday. He was given last night off, but will be back between the pipes tonight in Columbus. King Henrik has been much better on the road than at home, going 9-3-1 with a 1.98 GAA and .926 SV%.
Talbot stopped all 12 shots that he faced after replacing Henrik Lundqvist in the Rangers 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday. Talbot has stopped 58 of the last 61 shots (.951 SV%) that he has faced entering play on Thursday. He will take on a Bruins team who have won four in a row while outscoring their opponent 13-6.
Stepan (upper-body) will travel to Boston, but is doubtful to play on Thursday.
Stepan missed Wednesday’s practice after suffering an upper-body injury in the Rangers loss to the Islanders on Tuesday. With Stepan likely out, look for J.T Miller to centre the Rangers’ second line. Stepan is listed as day-to-day.
Miller was promoted to the Rangers second line on Wednesday.
With Derek Stepan sidelined with an upper-body injury, Miller skated between Chris Kreider and Martin St. Louis in Wednesday’s practice. Miller played well while Derick Brassard was out, so the move back into the top-6 should spark Miller’s production. He has four assists in his last five games.
Stepan was injured in last night’s game and then missed practice this morning which doesn’t bode well for him being in the lineup tomorrow vs. Boston. With Stepan out, J.T Miller was centring the second line and Mats Zuccarello moved to the first power-play.