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Rangers need to rally around Henrik Lundqvist in first game vs. Stars since dirty Cody Eakin hit

The Rangers have not overlooked Cody Eakin’s high, filthy hit on Henrik Lundqvist a month ago in Dallas as they plan to have the Stars Tuesday night — regardless of how hard Chris Kreider tries to fake generally.

“What hit?” Kreider said Monday after practice in Greenburgh, with a grin. “No, I mean, that is not something you disregard, clearly. I’m certain somebody will have a discussion with (Eakin) about it sooner or later.”

The Rangers (28-15-1, 57 focuses) did not strike back against the Stars focus in that 2-0 win in Dallas on Dec. 15, so any requirement they convey at the Garden could without much of a stretch be contended as past due.

Be that as it may, they would do well to rally around Lundqvist like never before on Tuesday against Dallas (18-18-8, 44 focuses). The drooping establishment goalie keeps on hunting down his amusement falling off back to back misfortunes to Toronto and Montreal after the group’s five-day bye week. The sting of three objectives permitted in 62 seconds in Saturday night’s 5-4 misfortune to the Canadiens still waits.

The arrival of focus Mika Zibanejad, who hasn’t played since Nov. 20 because of a broken left fibula, will help the cause. However, this present group’s fortunes dependably hold tight No. 30 in net.

“All in all, folks simply need to do their own particular employments,” Kreider said. “That can be infectious, and in any case if a person’s battling or not, as the banality goes, a rising tide lifts all boats.”

Alain Vigneault, in any case, won’t have reinforcement Antti Raanta to swing to if Lundqvist and the Rangers’ barrier keeps on slipping by. Raanta (bring down body harm) will miss 7-10 days and is “far fetched” to return preceding the NHL’s All-Star break, the mentor stated, so he plans to ride Lundqvist for these next five diversions as ring Magnus Hellberg sits on the seat as a sit still reinforcement.

“It’s a major week for us to react after this end of the week,” Lundqvist said.

Lundqvist (18-11-0, 2.72 GAA, .907 spare rate) could be encouraged by his execution in December in Dallas: After missing 5:31 of activity after Eakin’s hit, Lundqvist returned and played one of his best recreations of the year, making 27 spares in a mutual shutout with Raanta.

Lundqvist had handed over that stellar execution in light of being a solid reinforcement behind Raanta (10-4-0, 2.23 GAA, .923 spare rate) for the past four amusements. That obscured his past profession long, three-amusement scratch in December 2013 for Cam Talbot in Vigneault’s first season training the group before Lundqvist discovered his diversion in a season that finished with the Rangers losing in the Stanley Cup Final.

“This is a considerable measure like my first year,” Vigneault said Monday, “where we’re getting a genuine dialed-in and playing genuine well (Lundqvist on a few evenings), giving us the most obvious opportunity to win. And afterward the other amusement he’s searching for it a tiny bit more. In any case, if history is any (sign), he’ll discover his section and be the considerable goaltender that he is.”

Lundqvist, who has a 4.10 objectives against normal and .861 spare rate in five appearances this month, said there is just a single way he knows how to uncover himself from underneath a groove.

“Work harder,” he said. “Attempt to remain out (on the ice) there somewhat more, invest to work more energy. Be that as it may, in the meantime you would prefer not to overthink it or try too hard. There’s been great diversions and after that the last two here, I don’t think I played bad(ly), yet I haven’t concocted the enormous recoveries at the correct circumstances. Also, that is the distinction.”

Furthermore, whatever is left of the Rangers are sufficiently certain in Lundqvist that they aren’t thinking about their goalie as a lost soul, more like a resting mammoth.

“Nothing has changed for us in here, regardless of what it would seem that all things considered,” defenseman Dan Girardi said. “We generally rally around him regardless. We know he’s one of the best goalies if not the best in the whole group. We generally have his back, and he has our own. He’s the man, and that is the manner by which it’s dependably been since I arrived.”


Defenseman Marc Staal (blackout), who has not played since Jan. 3, skated for a fourth straight day on Monday, per Vigneault. He skated with forward Matt Puempel (blackout) before the group’s practice. Vigneault said Staal is “going along, experiencing the convention, thus far it’s been great.” The mentor anticipates that Puempel will rehearse with the group on Wednesday in the event that he has no misfortunes … Focus Oscar Lindberg skated as an additional defenseman in Monday’s practice and likely will be Tuesday’s sound scratch with Zibanejad back. Forward Marek Hrivik cleared waivers and was doled out to AHL Hartford to make space for Zibanejad on the list.

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