Raanta (knee) is healthy entering Wednesday's playoff opener against the Canadiens. The backup tender was hit in the knee by a puck in Friday's practice, though this latest report notes that New York as a team is "as healthy as it could be." Raanta has only appeared in three playoff games to date, losing all of those against the Penguins in the 2015-16 quarterfinals.
Raanta will not start Sunday's game against the Penguins after taking a puck off the knee during Friday's practice. Coach Alain Vigneault clarified that Raanta is considered day-to-day and should be ready for game one of the Rangers' playoff run. Magnus Hellberg will make the start Sunday in Raanta's place.
Raanta will be in the crease for Sunday's season finale versus Pittsburgh. Raanta gets the second half of the Rangers' back-to-back in a game that will have no impact on either team's playoff matchup. With nothing on the line, it is hard to say what sort of lineup the netminder will face -- or who his supporting cast will be -- as both coaches may be looking to rest their best players.
Raanta stopped all 30 shots in Saturday's win over the Kings. It was a good bounce-back showing for Raanta, who had given up six goals in his previous two outings. Henrik Lundqvist (hip) is returning to face the Ducks on Sunday, but Raanta remains a very viable fantasy option. The backup is sporting a .922 save percentage this season and has stolen quite a few games for the Rangers. The King may be returning, but Raanta is worth inserting into your lineup whenever he's called upon.
Raanta will guard the cage in Saturday's road game against the Kings, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports. Raanta has struggled in consecutive outings, suffering back-to-back defeats while registering an ugly 2.93 GAA and .895 save percentage over that span. The Finnish backstop will look to get back on track in a road matchup with a Kings club that's 21-13-2 at home this season.
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