The New York Rangers are finally getting their number 1 guy back. Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers organization have announced that he will backup Cam Talbot during tomorrow night’s matchup against the Ottawa Senators. He has been out since February 2 due to a vascular injury.
Earlier today, the Rangers sent rookie goaltender, Mackenzie Skapski back to Hartford (AHL). It is still not decided what game Lundqvist will play this weekend, as the Rangers play back to back games at Boston against the Bruins and then at home on Sunday against the Washington Capitals.
As per his condition, Lundqvist has been skating hard the past few weeks and taking low shots to his leg pads. However, it was not until this week that he finally took hard rising shots. His teammates were probably hesitant at first to fire away at the all star goaltender, but once they did it was as if Henrik never missed a beat.
While in his absence, the Rangers have made quite a run. They have climbed the standings to currently be second best in the NHL with 99 points and first in the Metropolitan Division. Cam Talbot and Mackenzie Skapski have done their part, with the team going 17-4-3.
Before his injury, Lundqvist posted twenty five wins and five shutouts. He also had a save percentage of .922 % and a goals against average of 2.25. With a fresh start, Lundqvist will be well rested, which is definitely important come playoff time.
Of course, it will take time for him to get back in the swing of things, a professional such as Henrik can easily adapt and jump right back into the mix. Having two healthy goaltenders who can stand on their head every night and keep their team in the game is a very vital part of any hockey team.
Whether the “King” plays Saturday or Sunday, there is no doubt he will be ready.