Raanta gave up five goals on 34 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss to Los Angeles on Friday. Raanta was the victim of an Anze Kopitar hat trick in what was just his 13th appearance of the season. If the Rangers can lock up a playoff spot down the stretch, there's a chance Raanta will get more crease time to allow stud starter Henrik Lundqvist some rest, but he's allowed 14 goals over his last three starts and hasn't been the most reliable backup. In terms of numbers, the Finn now owns a 4-4-2 record with a .902 save percentage and 2.57 GAA through 13 appearances this season.
Raanta will get a rare start against the Kings on Friday, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Raanta was unlikely to see a lot of action behind Henrik Lundqvist, but Friday will mark just the 10th outing for the netminder. When he has been given the opportunity to play, the 26-year-old has been inconsistent, as he's allowed four or more goals twice while also posting a shutout, which makes him a risky fantasy target.
Raanta stopped 19 of 23 shots he faced in a 5-2 loss to Washington on Sunday. In addition the empty netter that gave Justin Williams a hat trick, two of the four Raanta allowed were on the power play, so we're not sure he can be completely dragged through the mud on this one. The 26-year-old moves to 4-4-1 in 12 games played this season and will likely get a chance at redemption this time next week as the Rangers will play on back-to-back nights again.
Raanta has been named the starter for Sunday's game against the Capitals. Raanta will receive the start in the second game of a back-to-back set Sunday to give primary goaltender Henrik Lundqvist a day off. The 26-year-old netminder comes into the contest sporting a 2.08 GAA and .919 save percentage, and will look to improve on those numbers against a Capitals club that's among the hottest in the league at the moment.
Raanta (back) was feeling better Monday morning and will be available to back up Henrik Lundqvist against the Bruins, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Raanta was expected to be available for the contest despite missing Sunday's practice due to a stiff back, and that's indeed the case. He should be good to go moving forward, but will continue to play second fiddle behind the team's star netminder in Lundqvist.
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