McDonagh missed the final five games of the regular season with a shoulder injury, but will suit up in game 1 vs. the Flyers. He had 45 points (14G / 29A) in 77 games this season, so getting him back is huge for the Rangers.
After a puzzling start to the season, Lundqvist managed to finish the season at 33-24-5 with a 2.36 GAA and .920 SV%. He enters the playoffs having gone 13-6-2 in his final 21 games. Lundqvist is a career 30-37 with a 2.28 GAA and .920 SV% in the postseason.
McDonagh was on the ice for the morning skate, but will not play. He was reportedly taking wristers while the rest of the team were taking slappers which could be a sign that McD's shoulder is not quite there yet. McDonagh will miss his fifth straight game and is not guaranteed to be ready for game 1.
Talbot stopped all 26 shots that he faced in a win over the Oilers on March 30th. He was a spectator in the last five games, but will get the call tonight vs. the Habs. Talbot posted a 22-save shutout in his first career start against Montreal. His 1.67 GAA and .940 SV% on the season make him a great spot start option whenever he's in goal.
Rangers will decide after Saturday's morning skate if McDonagh (shoulder) will play that night.
McDonagh will miss his fourth straight game tonight, but could be back for the final game of the Rangers' regular season. The fact that he is skating and may play Saturday, is a great sign for McD's availability for the first-round vs. the Flyers.
Lundqvist stopped 27 of 28 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Hurricanes. The win was his 32nd of the season and snapped a small two-game skid. For the Rangers, it is all about home-ice advantage in the first-round. Right now they sit two points up on the Flyers, but the Flyers have a game in hand. Tonight, King Henrik is a must-start and should be able to chalk up a W with relative ease.
Rangers' head coach Alain Vigneault said he is not sure whether he will play McDonagh at all before the end of the regular season. We may have to wait until the playoffs before we see McDonagh back on the blueshirts' blueline.
McDonagh (shoulder) is taking part in the Rangers' optional skate this morning.
McDonagh has missed the last two games after suffering a shoulder injury last Tuesday in Vancouver. He is expected to return for the final couple of games, but there is no word if he will be back in the lineup tonight vs. Carolina.
Lundqvist allowed three goals on 34 shots in a loss to the Senators on Saturday. He has lost two in a row and three of his last four with a 2.46 GAA and .925 SV%. The Rangers are fighting with the Flyers for home-ice advantage in the first-round of the playoffs, so expect King Henrik to potentially see all three of their remaining starts. Lundqvist is 2-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA and .931 SV% against the Hurricanes this season.
The Rangers have recalled Jesper Fast from Hartford (AHL).
Fast has no points in eight games with the Rangers this season. He made the team at the start of the year, but was sent back and this is his first recall. He has recorded 17 goals and 17 assists (34 points) in 48 games with Hartford.
Lundqvist gave up two goals on 37 shots in a shootout loss to the Avalanche on Thursday. Despite the loss, it was another strong outing for King Henrik. Make sure to get him in your lineups tonight vs. the Senators.