Henrik Lundqvist is starting on Saturday for the third time in four games. That’s a lot of work, even for a guy like Lundqvist who doesn’t traditionally take a lot of breaks, but that might not be a bad thing.
“He has plenty of rest, our team has plenty of rest, they’re off again tomorrow,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “I think we’ve done what we need to do with a club as far as resting. So we need to also get Hank into some sort of flow as far as playing games so he goes tonight.”
Lundqvist and the Rangers have struggled this month, so finding their rhythm with just two weeks remaining in the regular season has to be among their top priorities. It’s also worth noting that overall, Lundqvist has got a fair amount of time off this season. This is just his 56th start, which is significantly down from 2010-11 when he played in 68 games. In 2009-10, he participated in a career-high 73 contests. So there’s reason to believe that he’ll still be relatively fresh going into the playoffs.
Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.
Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.
The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.
A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.
Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.
When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.
“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”
It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.
While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.