Lundqvist gave up five goals on 33 shots in Sunday's loss to the Ducks. It wasn't the greatest return for the King, who had missed time with a hip injury. Lundqvist was thrown right into the action against a dynamic Anaheim squad, so we can cut him a break on this one. The veteran is sporting a .912 save percentage and has posted four consecutive seasons with 30 wins. Look for him to rebound and ease back into action just in time for a postseason run.
Lundqvist (hip) will start Sunday's game in Anaheim as well as Tuesday's game in San Jose, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Lundqvist is finally healthy and is slated to return to action after an eight-game absence. King Henrik's play prior to his injury was a bit inconsistent, as he posted alternating wins and losses to go with a .927 save percentage in the four games immediately preceding his absence, so it's anyone's guess as to how he will fare in his return to the starter's net.
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.
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