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Lundqvist takes on Pittsburgh
The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins will meet for the first time since last year’s second-round playoff series — in which the Rangers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to eliminate the Pens — meaning it’ll be Pittsburgh’s first shot at Henrik Lundqvist since he slammed the door by stopping 102 of 105 shots faced over the final three games of the series.
Of course, things have changed since then.
The Penguins are on fire at the moment, riding a seven-game winning streak in which they’ve outscored opponents 33-8. Lundqvist and the Rangers, meanwhile, are struggling — they’ve lost five of seven and Lundqvist’s numbers on the season aren’t great: 6-4-1, with a 2.79 GAA and .905 save percentage.
For Pittsburgh, it’s likely that Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start in goal.
Wild at Devils: Darcy Kuemper for Minnesota, no word on a New Jersey starter.
Avs at Isles: Semyon Varlamov vs. Jaroslav Halak
Jackets at Caps: Curtis McElhinney vs. Braden Holtby
Sharks at Panthers: Alex Stalock vs. Roberto Luongo
Jets at Habs: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Carey Price
Sabres at Blues: Michal Neuvirth vs. Brian Elliott
Oilers at Preds: Viktor Fasth for Edmonton, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.
Bolts at ‘Hawks: Ben Bishop vs. Corey Crawford
Stars at Coyotes: Mike Smith for Arizona, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.
Sens at Canucks: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, Craig Anderson likely for Ottawa.