Last season’s unexpected surge to the Stanley Cup Final was not a fluke. It was practice.
Since Feb. 4, Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot has surpassed expectations while franchise netminder Henrik Lundqvist remains sidelined indefinitely due to a vascular injury.
The Rangers are getting healthier, and they will likely add a couple of depth pieces before the trade deadline passes. And most importantly, they’re going to eventually find their “A” game.
With about one-quarter of the season remaining, the Rangers are in the thick of the fight for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Let’s take a look at the 10 biggest deals handed out by the local hockey teams over the last five years.
Here’s a statistic that should put a scare into the rest of the NHL: The Rangers have gone 8-1-2 without all-world goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Odds are good the Islanders and the Rangers will make the playoffs, but what shape each will be in when they get there is anyone’s guess.
The Rangers’ bottom six took a significant hit when 23-year-old winger Jesper Fast was ruled out for two to three weeks following the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist expressed hope he would return from a throat-area injury before the start of the playoffs.
It looks like the Rangers’ resolve is going to be tested for a while.
For however long Henrik Lundqvist is out, the Rangers are in good hands with backup goalie Cam Talbot manning the fort.
Cam Talbot made 18 saves in place of the injured Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash had a goal and an assist, and Derek Stepan snapped a second-period tie to lift the New York Rangers to their third straight win.
The Rangers aren’t taking any chances. Starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been ruled out of Wednesday night’s game against visiting Boston with an upper body injury, the team announced.
Should Henrik Lundqvist miss extended time due to his neck injury, backup goaltender Cam Talbot has proven he can protect the castle.
Lundqvist has always possessed the refuse-to-lose mentality and gritty toughness of beloved New York sports icons Derek Jeter and Willis Reed.