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Lundqvist Out 2-3 Weeks; Hellberg Recalled By Rangers

Lundqvist Out 2-3 Weeks; Hellberg Recalled By Rangers

The New York Rangers will be without their star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for a period of 2-3 weeks because of what the team is describing as a “lower body injury.”

More specifically, it is a muscle strain in his hip, which was discovered the following day. That’s concerning by itself, but it was also revealed that Lundqvist suffered the injury in the first period of their game against the Florida Panthers, and remained in the game despite it.

“I know exactly when it happened,” Lundqvist told NHL.com.

“If you would tell me to get off the ice you would not be able to because I wanted to continue to play. Now it’s about how you deal with it and make the most of these next two weeks, training and rest and try to come back on top of things.”

The Rangers would end up defeating the Panthers by a score of 5-2, with Lundqvist completing the game by making 43 saves.

He later described how the injury occurred while speaking with the New York Daily News:

“My body was going one way, leg the other way and I had an impact on my hip,” said Lundqvist, who was adamant he didn’t worsen the injury by continuing to play Tuesday night. “So we’ll take some time here to get some treatment and heal.”

The team was already trying to limit Lundqvist’s starts this season, on the advice of goaltending coach Benoit Allaire, and he was on pace for 59 before suffering this injury. At age 35, they are trying to keep him as fresh as possible.

The acquisition of Antti Raanta has certainly helped ease the transition. He’s been excellent this season, posting a 13-6-0 record, with a 2.32 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.

Lundqvist, on the other hand, has struggled by his standards. His .913 save percentage is the lowest of his career since 2007-2008 when he finished with a .912. His 5-on-5 save percentage is the worst mark of his career (.919) since he posted a .922 in 2008-2009.

In response to the injury, goaltender Magnus Hellberg has been recalled from the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack.

Hellberg, 25, has appeared in 1 game with the Rangers earlier this season. His .902 in 31 games with Hartford isn’t spectacular, but he stands in at 6-foot-5, and still has a lot of potential to become a future NHL backup in the near future. His .918 save percentage in 51 games last season was enough to earn him a spot in the 2016 AHL all-star game.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer, broadcaster, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario as the voice of the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks for CISL 650. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade. He is currently an instructor for Pro4 Sports, and is the goaltending consultant for the BCHL's Surrey Eagles.

1 Comment

  1. joe tool

    The Rangers beat the panthers 5-2… they didn’t “fall to them”, as the article suggests. Just thought I’d help out the editor 😛

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