Lundqvist gave up two goals on 24 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Hurricanes on Friday. The win snapped a three-game losing streak after Sochi. Since winning a silver medal, Lundqvist is 1-2-1 with a 3.77 GAA and .872 SV%. Today he faces a Wings team who have averaged 4.00 goals per game since the Olympics.
Zuccarello (hand) will return to the Rangers lineup on Friday.
Zuccarello has missed the last four games with a hand injury that he suffered in the Olympics. He was originally listed as a game-time decision, but he will be back for sure tonight in Carolina. Heading into tonight he is on a six-game point streak (2G / 6A). Expect him to return to his regular line with Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot.
Zuccarello (hand) is a game-time decision for Friday's clash with the Hurricanes.
Zuccarello has missed the last four games with a hand injury that he suffered in Sochi. He will take part in the morning skate and unless he suffers a setback, expect him to be in the lineup on Friday.
Lundqvist allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 3-2 OT loss to the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Since returning from Sochi with a Silver medal, Lundqvist has lost all three starts while posting a 4.36 GAA and .860 SV%. Despite his recent struggles, the Rangers will stick with him tonight in Carolina, opposed to giving Cam Talbot his 17th start of the season.
St. Louis has arrived in New York and will play tonight vs. the Maple Leafs.
St. Louis was dealt this morning for Ryan Callahan and a pair of draft picks. He will step into the lineup tonight and is expected to skate on a line with his former teammate Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin. St. Louis led the NHL in points with 60 last season and walks into the Rangers dressing room with 29 goals and 32 assists for 61 points, which is tied for eighth in the league.
The Canucks have traded Raphael Diaz to the Rangers for a 2015 fifth-round pick.
Diaz was acquired from the Canadiens for Dale Weise on February 3, but has now been shipped to the Rangers for a future draft pick. With Vancouver, Diaz had one goal and one assist in six games. He has a total of one goal and 12 assists in 52 games this season.
The Lightning have traded St. Louis to the Rangers for Ryan Callahan, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2014 second round pick.
Things had gone sour with St. Louis and Lightning GM Steve Yzerman and the result was St. Louis asking for a trade. Yzerman has granted St. Louis' request by sending him to the Rangers and reuniting him with former teammate Brad Richards. Without Steven Stamkos for 45 games, St. Louis still had 29 goals and 32 assists in 62 games this season.
Lundqivst allowed six goals on 33 shots in a loss to the Bruins on Sunday. 'King Henrik' has struggled since having a strong Olympics. He has allowed 10 goals on 64 shots (5.12 GAA / .844 SV%) in two starts after Sochi. Despite his struggles, the Rangers will start him again tonight vs. the Maple Leafs. Lundqvist is 11-12-3 at home this season.
Zuccarello (hand) is now day-to-day, won't play Wednesday but is nearing a return.
Head coach Alain Vigneault had a lot of positive news about Zuccarello this morning. He could return later this week, which is way ahead of his 3-4 week timeline. When Zuccarello can return has to do with whether or not he can deal with the pain. Monitor his status before Friday's contest.
Lundqvist stopped 27 of 31 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Flyers last night. He will draw both starts of the back-to-back set as he takes on the Bruins tonight. He has lost both starts against Boston this season while posting a 2.55 GAA and .900 SV%.
The Rangers have signed defenseman Dan Girardi to a six-year, $33 million US extension.
There were rumours swirling around Girardi and possibly being dealt before the trade deadline. Girardi has tallied four goals and 13 assists (17 points) with a plus-4 rating in 60 games this season. Girardi's extension carries an AAV of $5.5 million US.
Lundqvist will get the night off on Thursday after leading Sweden to a silver medal, but he will be back in the crease on Saturday vs. Philadelphia. Lundqvist won his last five starts before the Olympics and sits at 22-18-3 with a 2.44 GAA and .918 SV% on the season. 'King Henrik' stopped 37 of 38 shots in a 4-1 win vs.the Flyers on Jan. 12.
St. Louis requested a trade last month according to multiple sources.
There had been rumours that the Rangers are inquiring about St. Louis, but it seemed unlikely that he would be dealt because he is the captain of the Lightning and has been with the team since 2000-01. There is no word whether his trade request is associated with originally being snubbed from Team Canada by GM Steve Yzerman (a team he was later named to and won a gold medal with). There is no guarantee that St. Louis will be dealt, but with the Lightning poised to make a playoff run, they will want NHL ready and likely proven playoff performer(s) in return. St. Louis has 25 goals and 31 assists (56 points) with a plus-15 rating in 58 games.
After a busy Olympics for Henrik Lundqvist, Talbot will get the start in the first game back for the Rangers. He stopped 29 of 31 shots in a loss to the Oilers in his last start. He has gone 10-5-0 with a 1.79 GAA and .935 SV% in his rookie season. He will be in tough on Thursday with the Blackhawks coming to MSG.