Lundqvist stopped all 33 shots he faced in a 4-0 win over the Sharks on Sunday. After a dreadful start to the season, Lundqvist has settled in in his last two starts, stopping 62 of 63 shots (.984 SV%) to earn back-to-back victories. He was 2-2-1 with a 2.81 GAA and .877 SV% against New Jersey last season.
Head coach Alain Vigneault would not confirm that Girardi would play, but Girardi had no problem saying he will play. Bleeding in his leg has stopped so he feels good and ready to go tonight vs. the Devils.
There is no timetable for Stepan (fibula) to resume skating.
Stepan's original timetable was 4-6 weeks and we are approaching the four week point and he has yet to resume skating, so it looks like he won't be returning until the tail-end of the original timetable at best.
Girardi (leg) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault did not shed any light on if Girardi would play tonight or not. He would only divulge that if Girardi can't play, that Mike Kostka would slide into the lineup. We probably won't hear if he will play until pre-game warmups.
Girardi (leg) is on the ice for the Rangers optional morning skate.
Girardi was considered questionable for tonight's game after getting stitches in his leg on Sunday. Head coach Alain Vigneault is expected to address the media shortly, so we will learn Girardi's status for tonight at that time.
Girardi (leg) is not on the ice for Rangers' practice on Monday.
Girardi left Sunday's game after taking a snapshot to the back of his leg. He had to get stitches to repair a cut on his leg and he is considered day-to-day. The Rangers will take on the Devils tomorrow and if Girardi is unable to go, he is expected to be replaced by Mike Kostka.
Klein was hit in the face by a puck on Sunday night and had to receive stitches following the 4-0 victory. The Rangers take on the Devils on Tuesday, so monitor Klein's status during tomorrow's morning skate.
Girardi (lower-body) left Sunday's game and will not return.
Girardi was injured when he blocked a shot in the early in the third period. He played just one shift in the third and will not return. This would be a huge loss for a Rangers blueline that is already struggling in the early part of the season.
Lundqvist bounced-back allowing just one goal on 30 shots in a 2-1 shootout win over the Hurricanes on Thursday. It has been a rough start to the season for Lundqvist and he won't get easier tomorrow when he takes on the Sharks.
The Rangers have recalled Chris Mueller from Hartford (AHL).
Mueller tallied a goal, posted a plus-one rating, and recorded two shots on goal in Hartford’s regular season opener on Oct. 12 at Syracuse. He also registered three points (one goal, two assists), posted a plus-one rating, and recorded five shots on goal in four preseason games with the Rangers this year.
Lundqivst allowed six goals on 27 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday. It was the second straight game that 'King Henrik' has allowed six goals and he now sits with an ugly 5.41 GAA and .816 SV%. You might remember Lundqvist having a brutal start last season as well, so I wouldn't panic, especially tonight against a depleted Hurricanes team.
Malone will start his Rangers career on the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass, but he will also play on the Rangers' top power-play unit. Malone had his trouble with the law last season due to cocaine possession but he is a six-time 20-goal scorer and could help the Rangers power-play. He had just 15 points (5G / 10A) in 57 games with the Lightning last year.
Lundqvist was pulled after he allowed six goals on 24 shots in Sunday's blowout loss to the Maple Leafs. 'King Henrik' did not look himself in Sunday's contest, but the Rangers will give him the chance to bounce-back tonight with the Isles in town. He is 8-1 with a 1.76 GAA and .944 SV% vs the Islanders in the last three seasons, so he is a must-start.