The Hockey News Says Lundqvist To Return Next Week Vs. Defending Champion Kings


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Rangers are rolling, but they are dealing with their fair share of injuries.

Already without starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and defenseman Kevin Klein, the team announced on Monday that veteran forward Martin St. Louis will be out up to two weeks with what is reportedly a knee injury.

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.

St. Louis has 20 goals and 47 points in 68 games this season, but only recently emerged from a slump, posting a pair of goals in his last three games. Overall, the 39-year-old winger has three points in his last 10 games.

The news came on the heels of the Blueshirts losing Klein for up to a month with an upper body injury after he blocked a shot against the Washington Capitals last Wednesday.

The Hockey News said Monday that Lundqvist, who has been sidelined since Feb. 2 with a neck injury, is targeted for a March 24 return against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden, but the Rangers did not confirm the report.

The Rangers (44-17-7) started play Monday tied for the most points in the NHL and held a five-point lead over the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division with 14 games to play.

Winners of 14 of their last 17 (14-1-2), the Rangers host the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.