Goalie nods: Lundqvist remains out, so Raanta’s in for Rangers

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The New York Rangers are preparing for a possible first-round preview against their hated rivals the New York Islanders, yet they’ll need to face them without Henrik Lundqvist.

Lundqvist’s no-good, very-bad day continues to have a negative impact on the Rangers. It sounds like his neck spasms – labeled not very serious – are at least a big enough problem to leave him day-to-day.

Antti Raanta steps in his place, and he’s going to have Jaroslav Halak at the other end of the rink.

Should be an interesting test both for the Rangers and their backup goalie.

Elsewhere …

Stars at Senators: Kari Lehtonen vs. Andrew Hammond

Penguins at Devils: Matt Murray vs. Keith Kinkaid

Red Wings at Blackhawks: Petr Mrazek and Corey Crawford

Oilers at Jets: Cam Talbot vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Blues at Wild: Jake Allen vs. possibly Devan Dubnyk