This is authoritatively an extend not at all like any Henrik Lundqvist has been through in his NHL profession. Alain Vigneault chose to begin reinforcement Antti Raanta in objective Tuesday night against the Blackhawks for the fourth successive amusement, denoting the first run through a sound Lundqvist has sat in the same number of straight matches.
“It’s as basic as (Raanta) should play,” Vigneault said.
It’s that basic for Vigneault to sit the most generously compensated goaltender in the NHL, the one with the $8.5 million top hit through the 2020-21 season, for four straight diversions. Vigneault said on Friday that Lundqvist is “the person” and the group’s No. 1 goalie, however Vigneault’s unmistakably plan on riding the hot turn in Raanta, whose one objective permitted on 63 shots in his past three diversions is positively a sufficient motivation to return him out there.
Lundqvist hasn’t played since last Tuesday against the Islanders. When might the mentor be worried about Lundqvist going too long without playing? Vigneault avoided that question Tuesday morning.
“At this moment I’m truly centered around today evening time,” Vigneault said.
Vigneault said he’s been in consistent correspondence with Lundqvist and raised how Cam Talbot beginning three straight recreations for Lundqvist in December of 2013 was an idea in retrospect later in the season when the Rangers went to the Stanley Cup Final.
“Hank is about the group and he’s with Antti at this moment and how he’s playing,” Vigneault said. “He’s been in this diversion quite a while. My first year this kind of happened in December; he went three amusements without playing. When we were making that playoff push to the finals, I don’t recall that anyone raising the way that Hank had missed three recreations in December.”
Lundqvist proceeds with bolster Raanta and stress the significance of not overanalyzing his amusement, taking note of his 11-5-1 record in his last 17 begins.
“Will I be better? Yes. Is it horrendous? I don’t think along these lines, yet Antti’s playing truly well,” Lundqvist said. “The entire circumstance, when you get a great deal of inquiries regarding it, you begin to break down it a smidgen. I’m not going to overthink it.”
Raanta, naturally, needs to be a No. 1 goalie one day. Be that as it may, the friendly Finn knows his present part.
“It’s really unique on the off chance that you can ransack recreations from Hank, however that is the primary concern dependably, what you attempt to be. The reinforcement tries to dependably be there when he finds the opportunity to play, and obviously he tries to demonstrate to everyone that he can likewise carry out the occupation,” Raanta said. “It’s been extraordinary to get this many diversions in succession, yet at the same time everyone knows who the No. 1 fellow here still is. (Lundqvist’s) been marvelous to me the entire time I’ve been here, and his hard working attitude is simply getting ever more elevated when he’s not getting the amusements.”
Rick Nash (crotch) skated in a non-contact shirt Tuesday morning and Vigneault said Nash is, “close.” If he’s cleared for contact Wednesday, he could return for Thursday’s amusement in Dallas. Matt Puempel (blackout) likewise skated in a non-contact shirt however is still in convention.