Update: Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight for the New York Rangers.
Tonight the Rangers take on the Boston Bruins in Boston in their first matchup of the season. Usually these games produce very small scores, and become major goaltending duels as the game grows on. The New York Rangers practiced Friday morning and John Tortorella is still questioning who he will start in tonight’s game.
Will it be All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist or backup goaltender Martin Biron.
Lundqvist usually gets the starts against the Boston Bruins, but tonight he may play as backup to Martin Biron. The Rangers have back-to-back games this weekend, playing Sunday night against the New Jersey Devils.
The question becomes whether or not Henrik Lundqvist should start two nights in a row, and against two tough teams.
The Rangers will rely on their goaltender in both games, whether it’s Biron or Lundqvist, as both teams (the Devils and Bruins) are solid defensively.
Having Lundqvist playing both games would not be a very wise decision. If he starts in both weekend games, he will play 60 minutes of hockey tonight, and follow up with 60 minutes of hockey less than 24 hours later.
Again, both games will be tough for the Rangers, and having Hank play both will increase the risk of injury and fatigue on such a short time's rest, especially since the Rangers have to travel in between games.
The Rangers have already lost Marian Gaborik; if they lose their other superstar player in Henrik Lundqvist, they will be doomed.
Possibly the best signing of free agency, and he comes at a low cost of only $875,000 for the next two seasons. Biron was outstanding in Toronto on Thursday night, as he almost shut out the hottest team in hockey.
Having him start another game would not be a bad idea. It gives Lundqvist extra rest for the New Jersey Devils, and allows Biron to play while he is still hot from the win over Toronto. The Rangers finally have a very good backup goaltender and should take advantage of it.
Tortorella should allow Biron another game tonight, and have his superstar goaltender start Sunday night in front of a home crowd against the Devils on Sunday.
Other Small Pregame Notes
According to Andrew Gross (The Record) and Steve Zipay (Newsday), Rangers center Erik Christensen did not practice on Friday, but it’s believed he will be ready to go tonight.
I will try to update this article when news comes out on who will start in goal for the New York Rangers tonight.
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UPDATE: According to Andrew Gross (The Record), Henrik Lundqvist WILL get the start tonight for the New York Rangers.