Lindberg has one goal and three assists in his last six games, but just seven points (1G / 6A) in 29 games this season. Lindberg will come out of the lineup with Mika Zibanejad (fibula) set to return to the lineup on Tuesday.
Lundqvist allowed five goals on 23 shots after replacing Antti Raanta in the Rangers’ loss in Montreal on Saturday. With Raanta out for at least one week, Lundqvist should start all three games this week and needs to turn his game around. King Henrik is 3-3-0 with a 3.73 GAA and .872 SV% in his last six starts, but posted a 27-save shutout in his first start vs. the Stars.
Marek Hrivik cleared waivers and has been sent to Hartford (AHL).
Hrivik, 25, had two assists in 16 games with the Rangers, but with Mika Zibanejad set to return on Tuesday, Hrivik was placed on waivers on Sunday. To the surprise of many, Hrivik went unclaimed, so he returns to Hartford, where he has eight goals and nine assists (17 points) in 20 games.
The Rangers have recalled Magnus Hellberg from Hartford (AHL).
With Antti Raanta out for at least one week, Hellberg comes up and is expected to serve as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup. Hellberg has gone 10-9-1 with a 2.91 GAA and .905 SV% in 25 games with Hartford (AHL) this season.
Zibanejad (fibula) will return to the Rangers lineup on Tuesday.
Zibanejad missed the last 26 games with a broken fibula, but will be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Zibanejad centred the second line with Pavel Buchnevich and Rick Nash on his wings and enters Tuesday with five goals and 10 assists (15 points) in 19 games.
Buchnevich will play on Friday, but will sit on Saturday.
Buchnevich has been out since November 12th, but will return to the lineup tonight after a brief three-game conditioning stint with Hartford (AHL). Buchnevich had one goal and one assist during those three games and returns to the Rangers, where he has eight points (4G / 4A) in 10 games this season.
Nash (groin) will return to the Rangers lineup on Friday.
Nash has missed the last eight games with a groin injury, but he will return to the lineup tonight vs. Toronto. Nash has registered 13 goals and seven assists (20 points) in 30 games this season. Tonight he will skate with Oscar Lindberg and Jimmy Vesey.
Hrivik has appeared in 16 games with the Rangers this season, but will come out of the lineup tonight with both Rick Nash and Pavel Buchnevich returning to the lineup tonight, Hrivik will be scratched and could be sent back to the AHL soon enough.
Lundqvist allowed four goals on 37 shots in the Rangers’ win in Columbus last Saturday. Lundqvist has won three of his last four while posting a 3.01 GAA and .896 SV%. Lundqvist has gone 9-4-1 with a 2.73 GAA and .900 SV% on home ice this season and draws a tough matchup vs. a high-scoring Maple Leafs team.
Lundqvist allowed two goals on 32 shots in the Rangers’ win in Philadelphia on Wednesday. It was surprising to see him start on back-to-back nights, but it worked out for Lundqvist and the Rangers. He’ll go again tonight in Columbus—he has gone 8-5-0 with a 2.25 GAA and .926 SV% on the road this season, but draws a tough matchup tonight.