According to the New York Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist will not play tomorrow against the Flyers because of an undisclosed issue. Cam Talbot will get the start.
Lundqvist will travel with the team to Philadelphia, but will not be the backup as Jason Missaen will be recalled from Hartford.
Here's Alain Vigneault on the issue…
"If this would have been a playoff game, he’d probably be playing. It’s something that’s day-to-day that we think we can nip it in the bud. It might take one more day, maybe two, but it’s something he should be able to turn the page on and you won’t hear about it anymore.”
Vigneault added that the ailment is “something he’s had for, I want to say, maybe 10 days. But it wasn’t anything significant. He played real well in Washington, and it acted up a little bit after the Jersey game.”
…i'm usually the first one to sound the alarm bell around here, but for some reason I'm not worried. He skated the other day, plus Vigneault is saying he would be playing if it was the playoffs. I really think the issue is nothing more than a blister (or something similar) and the long break in between games along with a weak opponent tomorrow night allowed for Lundqvist to rest and heal whatever malady it might be. Now, if Lundqvist misses Saturday's game in Detroit and a few practices next week then it'll be panic city, baby!
…also, if Talbot has a great performance tomorrow night, I wonder if we're going to have ourselves a Canuck's like goaltending situation? lol
It also sounds like Lundqvist isn't the only guy who's going to sit out in Philly as Mats Zuccarello will likely be a healthy scratch after having a long conversation with assistant coach Scott Arniel.
…it's bad enough the Columbus guys don't like Arniel, now AV has him playing bad cop for the other players? lol
…i really don't think AV had much of a choice here. Zucc has really provided nothing so far this season. Reports from practice had Zucc alternating with Pyatt on the third line so I assume the decision came down to those two with Pyatt obviously coming out on top. Have to figure AV's familiarity with Pyatt gave him the edge.
Here were the lines at practice (via Bergen Record)…
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Brad Richards
Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-J.T. Miller
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Jesper Fast/Mats Zuccarello
Brandon Mashinter-Dominic Moore-Derek Dorsett
Vigneault also acknowledged Michael Del Zotto will be re-inserted into the line-up after being a healthy scratch in New Jersey. Justin Falk will go back to the press box.
…with Mashinter likely in the line-up, Falk's physical edge isn't as necessary. Plus, like it or not, Del Zotto has the potential to provide some much needed offense.