Lundqvist (hip) is expected to suit up for two of the Rangers' three contest during their California swing, according to coach Alain Vigneault. New York will play back-to-back games against the Kings and Ducks on March 25 and 26, respectively, so it seems likely Lundqvist will start one of those, then play against the Sharks on March 28, barring any setbacks in his recovery. Given backup Antti Raanta's struggles of late -- a 2-2-2 record and 2.63 GAA -- fans and fantasy owners alike will be happy to get King Henrik back in the lineup as soon as possible.
Lundqvist (hip) was a full participant in Monday's practice. "Physically I feel great," Lundqvist noted. "It's healed well. I feel I have the power that I need. Now it's about getting the timing right and being on top of your game." Per the report, Lundqvist -- who suffered a strained hip on March 7 -- could return to game action as soon as Saturday against the Kings. He's been ruled out, however, for the Rangers' next two games, which paves the way for Antti Raanta to continue to fill in for Lundqvist, who is 30-17-2 with a 2.65 GAA and .913 save percentage to date.
The Rangers are hoping to get Lundqvist back during their California road trip, which kicks off March 25 against Los Angeles, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Lundqvist was originally expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks, and he appears to be trending toward the shorter end of that timeline. Despite the injury and a mid-January benching, King Henrik has been on top of his game this season -- he's reached 30 wins for the 11th time in his 12-year career, with the lone exception coming in the lockout-shortened 2014-13 campaign. Antti Raanta will continue to serve as the starter, with the recently recalled Magnus Hellberg potentially picking up starts in New York's upcoming back-to-backs.
Lundqvist (lower body) will miss 2-to-3 weeks. The original prognosis on Lundqvist wasn't so gloomy, as he was only expected to miss Thursday's game against the Hurricanes -- which he did -- but now the acclaimed backstop could see as few as four games left in the regular season upon returning. Magnus Hellberg has been summoned from AHL Hartford as an emergency replacement and we'd be surprised if the King doesn't wind up on IR.
Lundqvist (lower body) will be available for games Sunday and Monday, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. This doesn't necessarily mean that he'll start each of those games, but it's a good bet that he draws into at least one of them after backup Antti Raanta took a 4-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Friday night and may have been slighted on what many believed was goalie interference on the game-tying goal. At any rate, it appears that Hank's injury was minor and he'll be safe to play whenever he does get the next assignment.
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