NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — When the Rangers hit the ice at the newly-renovated Madison Square Garden, Henrik Lundqvist will take his customary place in net.
Head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed to reporters on Sunday that Lundqvist will start for the Rangers against the Montreal Canadiens in Monday’s home opener.
“King Henrik” told Andrew Gross of the Record that he feels “100 percent” after practicing at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
“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.
The 31-year-old Swedish goaltender is 2-4-0 with a 3.45 goals against average and a save percentage of .890 through seven games played.
An undisclosed injury forced Lundqvist to miss their two most recent games — a loss to the Philadelphia Flyers and Saturday’s overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings.
26-year-old rookie goaltender Cam Talbot steered the Rangers to victory over the Red Wings, earning his first career win. Talbot saved 32 of the 34 shots he faced in net.
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