Saturday, March 11, 2017

Around the NHL: Rangers lose Lundqvist to injury


   
With a record of 43-23-2 (88 points), the New York Rangers are 13 points ahead of the New York Islanders, and seem destined for the playoffs. But something might hurt their chances at a better record, and that might affect who they play in the first round of the playoffs.
     That thing is that goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be out 2-3 weeks with a lower body injury. His last game was a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, where Lundqvist saved 43 of the 45 shots he faced. This injury is only short term, and the only real "issue" they'll probably face is back to back games Sunday and Monday (first in Detroit, then home vs Tampa Bay). Backup Antti Raanta will start most games when Lundqvist is out.
     They called up goalie Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) on emergency basis. Hellberg will back up Raanta under Lundqvist's absence.
     Lundqvist, 35, has a GAA of 2.65, a SV% of .913 and 30 wins in 51 appearances this season. He has a career GAA of 2.31 and a career SV% of .920 in 736 career appearances (all for the Rangers), starting in 2005-06.
     Hellberg, 25, made one relief appearance this year, making all 4 saves. He has a GAA of 2.91, a SV% of .902 and 11 wins in 31 appearances for Hartford. He has a 3.53 GAA and a .786 SV% in 3 NHL appearances for the Rangers and the Nashville Predators.  

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