It has been a difficult season for New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist to this point.
He has at times lost playing time to backup goalie Antti Raanta, while his performance has dropped significantly from what we are used to seeing from him with a .907 save percentage that would be — by far — the worst mark of his NHL career. Keep in mind he has not finished a season lower than .920 since the 2008-09 season.
Lately, though, Lundqvist is starting to get back on track and is coming off of a 36-save performance against the Buffalo Sabres.
Since giving up seven goals against the Dallas Stars back on Jan. 17 he has allowed just 10 goals in his past six starts and has a .939 save percentage in the process.
He gets an opportunity to continue that recent strong play on Sunday afternoon when he gets the call against the Calgary Flames.
The Flames will be starting Brian Elliott.
— The Washington Capitals gave Braden Holtby the day off against the Los Angeles Kings and started Phillip Grubauer. The Kings went back to Peter Budaj, coming off of back-to-back shutouts and three in his past four starts.
— In Montreal, Al Montoya gets the start for the Canadiens and gives Carey Price a day off. He will go against the Edmonton Oilers who are, once again, starting Cam Talbot. This is Talbot’s league leading 49th appearance of the season.