Girardi (undisclosed) will be back in the Rangers' lineup on Tuesday.
Girardi sat out of Sunday’s game after “feeling some tightness” following Saturday’s game, but he will replace Kevin Klein in the lineup tonight in San Jose. Girardi has 13 points (4G / 9A) in 57 games this season.
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.
Raanta allowed three goals on 29 shots in the Rangers’ OT loss in New Jersey last night. Despite Henrik Lundqvist reportedly being available tonight, Raanta will go again tonight vs. the Islanders. Raanta has gone 3-2-2 with a 2.23 GAA and .920 SV% in March but has a losing record on home ice this season (4-5-1).
Raanta allowed two goals on 27 shots in the Rangers’ 3-2 win over the Wild on Saturday. The win snapped a brief two-game losing streak for Raanta, who is now 3-2-1 with a 2.13 GAA and .924 SV% in March. He has gone 2-0-0 with a 1.49 GAA and .947 SV% in his first two starts against New Jersey this season.
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.
Girardi (ankle) will travel to New Jersey, but won’t play on Tuesday.
Girardi has been sidelined by an ankle injury since February 28th, but is nearing a return to the lineup. Girardi will travel to New Jersey, but head coach Alain Vigneault will stick with the same lineup that beat the Wild on Saturday.