Rangers Netminder Lundqvist Is Desperate To Start Monday’s MSG Opener

Talbot Set To Start For Rangers In Detroit, Missiaen Backs Up
Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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DETROIT, M.I. (CBSNewYork) – Henrik Lundqvist is determined to start in net when the Rangers hit the ice at remodeled Madison Square Garden on Monday.

“I’m not going to hide it, I definitely want to play Monday,” Lundqvist told reporters on Saturday. “It’s our home opener, and I want to be in there and play in front of our fans. That’s my goal, but at the same time you’ve got to be smart about it. It’s a long season, but we’ll see how I react to (Saturday’s practice).”

Lundqvist hasn’t played since allowing four goals against the New Jersey Devils last Saturday. Through seven games played, Lundqvist is 2-4-0 with a 3.45 goals against average and a save percentage of .890.

Rookie goaltender Cam Talbot is set to start his second game in a row against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday while Lundqvist recovers from an undisclosed injury.

Talbot saved 25 of the 27 shots he faced against the Philadelphia Flyers in his NHL debut on Thursday. The Rangers lost 2-1 at Wells Fargo Center.  Jason Missiaen will continue to serve as backup goaltender until Lundqvist’s condition improves.

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