Stempniak will be isolated from the team for five days and is being tested for mumps.
Stempniak is expected to be isolated from the team until Tuesday which means he will likely miss the next three games and won’t be back until after the Christmas break. The Rangers are already without Derick Brassard who is out with mumps.
Brassard (mumps) will resume skating on Friday; no indication whether he will play this weekend.
Brassard has missed the last two games with mumps, but he will be back on the ice tomorrow. Depending on how he feels will determine whether he will play in the Rangers’ home-and-home vs. Carolina on Saturday and Sunday.
Brassard was sent home before Sunday’s game in Edmonton. The fear was that he had contracted mumps, but his test results came in this afternoon, confirming that he has mumps. There is not timetable for his return.
Lundqvist stopped all 16 shots that he faced in the Rangers 2-0 shutout win over the Oilers on Sunday. It was probably King Henrik’s easiest shutout of his career, but his fantasy owners will take it. He is now tied for the league-lead with five shutouts—but he is 25th in GAA (2.51) and t-29th in SV% (.911).
Lundqvist starts both games of the Rangers back-to-back.
Lundqvist allowed one goal on 30 shots in the Rangers 5-1 blowout win over the Canucks last night. After a rough night in Tampa Bay at the start of December, Lundqvist has won each of his last two games while stopped 61 of 65 shots (.939 SV%). Tonight he could come in clutch with a great Sunday night matchup.
With Henrik Lundqvist getting the call last night, it looks like it will be Talbot tonight in Edmonton. He allowed three goals on 34 shots in a loss to the Red Wings in his last outing. Even though he is 1-3-0 with a 3.06 GAA and .895 SV% on the road, if you need a Sunday spot-start, you won’t find a better option than this.
Lundqvist leads the Rangers onto the ice for warmups.
Lundqvist allowed three goals on 35 shots in the Rangers win over the Penguins on Monday. He has allowed 14 goals in his last four starts and sits with a 2.71 GAA and .906 SV% on the season. With the late confirm he likely won’t do too many people any fantasy good tonight.
Kreider (neck) will be back in the lineup on Saturday.
Kreider missed Tuesday’s game vs. the Penguins, but will be back in the lineup tomorrow vs. Detroit. However, J.T Miller played well on the second line on Tuesday, so Kreider will return on the fourth line, which limits his fantasy value until he gets back into the top-6.
Kreider (neck) is doubtful for Monday’s game vs. Pittsburgh.
Kreider is experiencing neck spasms that could keep him out of tonight’s game vs. the Penguins. He reportedly took a tough spill in Sunday’s practice after a collision with a teammate. He likely won’t play tonight, which means Tanner Glass will get back into the lineup.
Lundqvist allowed five goals on 20 shots in the Rangers’ loss to the Lightning last Monday. He had the entire week off as Cam Talbot started the Rangers only other game on Saturday in Detroit. His first 19 starts are nothing to write home about, but he has played well vs. the Penguins so far this year—in two starts, King Henrik is 1-0-1 with a 0.96 GAA and .972 SV% against Pittsburgh.
Talbot stopped all 26 shots that he faced in the Rangers’ 3-0 shutout win over the Flyers on November 28th. Talbot has posted back-to-back shutouts while stopping all 57 shots that he has faced. He draws a tough matchup tonight vs. the Red Wings’ offence, who rank 4th in the NHL with 3.12 G/PG.
Boyle (illness) will return to the Rangers lineup on Saturday.
Boyle skated on Thursday after missing the last two games with an illness. He was featured on the top power-play unit in practice and he will likely be paired with Marc Staal on the Rangers second pairing when they take on Detroit on Saturday.