Henrik Lundqvist Ruled Out 2-3 Weeks with Lower Body Injury

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2017

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) returns to the goal crease after colliding with teammate Ryan McDonagh (27) during the second period of NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will miss two to three weeks with a lower body injury, the team announced Saturday.

Lundqvist has solidified himself as one of the league's top netminders over the past decade. Nothing happened last season to remove him from that upper echelon.

He posted a 2.48 GAA and .920 save percentage across 65 games and has come close to equalling those stats again this season, posting a 2.65 GAA and .913 save percentage.

The 35-year-old has remained mostly durable throughout an NHL career that's currently in its 12th season. He did miss some time during the 2014-15 season due to a throat injury and suffered an eye injury during the playoffs last campaign.

Antti Raanta should assume the starting job, with Magnus Hellberg in line to take over the backup role after being recalled from the minors. New York (43-23-2, 88 points) has all but wrapped up a playoff spot.

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