The Henrik Lundqvist playing time mystery grows for Rangers


This query isn’t going away for the remainder of the season: When are the Rangers going to start out Henrik Lundqvist?

Following the damaged rib suffered by Igor Shesterkin in a automobile accident Sunday night time, and with the rookie not set to be reevaluated for “a few weeks,” coach David Quinn turned to Alexandar Georgiev to start out three video games in 4 nights for the Blueshirts. He gained two of them, however the streak of victories ended with the 5-2 loss at Philadelphia on Friday night time.

Requested after the sport if he knew who his goalie can be for the rematch towards Kevin Hayes and the surging Flyers on Sunday afternoon on the Backyard, Quinn stated, “No, I haven’t thought of it but.”

Lundqvist will flip 38 on Monday, and he hasn’t began a sport since Feb. 3. He has simply three begins since Shesterkin was referred to as up on Jan. 6, and Lundqvist is aware of there’s a arduous dialog coming with administration after the season.

However for the 18 regular-season video games that stay, Quinn is making an attempt to start out the goalie who’s playing the most effective in hopes of preserving tempo within the playoff race.

Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik LundqvistNHLI by way of Getty Pictures

“We’ve been lucky that guys which have gone in have been extremely popular,” Quinn stated earlier than Friday’s sport. “This time of 12 months, I feel it’s the most effective method.”

The officiating on Friday from Francois St. Laurent and Pierre Lambert was haphazard, at greatest. A sequence halfway by means of the second interval — when Adam Fox was referred to as for a ghostly holding penalty earlier than Brett Howden and Ivan Provorov have been referred to as for coinciding minors — modified the tenor of the sport. As soon as again at even energy, the Flyers scored twice in a span of two:05 and went up 3-1.

“It doesn’t make any distinction what I take into consideration [the penalties],” Quinn stated. “It’s a part of the sport, and we killed the penalty off.”

The Rangers have been trying ahead to their day without work Saturday, having performed three highway video games within the earlier 4 nights and 10 video games within the earlier 17 days, together with eight on the highway and three units of back-to-backs.

“We’re not trying for excuses, clearly, nevertheless it felt like perhaps it was a bit arduous to play back-to-back once more, towards a very good workforce like that,” Georgiev stated.


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