Here they come, thundering down the stretch.
One day after being cleared to return to practice following a serious neck injury, New York’s No. 1 goalie is still a ways away from game action — largely because the Rangers’ schedule leaves little room for practice.
Just like an old Western where one man stays and the other gets out of Dodge, this town isn’t big enough for two top goaltenders.
The former Vezina Trophy winner has been working out on the ice, but facing only low shots.
St. Louis appeared to get hurt during Sunday night’s game when Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov fell shoulder-first on his right knee early in the third period.
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.
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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.