The Return of The King is near.
Henrik Lundqvist participated in Monday’s Rangers practice, his first full-team, on-ice activity given straining a hip muscle in a highway win against the Panthers on Mar 7. Lundqvist had been skating in new days and holding shots.
While an accurate return date is not nonetheless clear, Alain Vigneault told reporters that he would “expect (Lundqvist) at some point” to play during the Rangers’ arriving highway outing in California.
“Physically we feel great,” Lundqvist told reporters. “It’s healed well. we feel we have the energy that we need. Now it’s about getting the timing right and being on top of your game.”
The Rangers (45-24-3) play the Devils (26-33-12) in Newark on Tuesday and horde the Islanders Wednesday before streamer out west for a three-game pitch that starts Saturday against the Kings, continues the next night against the Ducks on Sunday and finishes against the Sharks next Tuesday. After that the Blueshirts have 5 games left before the playoffs.
Lundqvist harmed his hip in the first duration of that win over the Panthers but finished the diversion and done a sum of 43 saves. On Mar 11, he was ruled out for two-to-three weeks.
He pronounced he’s been augmenting the volume of time he’s spending on the ice any day and gradually operative harder, but goaltending manager Benoit Allaire has done certain Lundqvist isn’t overworking himself.
“Benny’s kind of the police there and kind of tells me to get off the ice even yet we wish to stay out there,” Lundqvist said.
Both Dan Girardi (ankle) and Kevin Klein (back) used and are medically cleared, per Vigneault, who pronounced both defensemen will transport with the group to California. They won’t play Tuesday. Ryan McDonagh perceived a upkeep day Monday but will play in New Jersey.
Entering Monday, the Rangers’ sorcery series to bind a playoff mark was eight, which was possibly eight points gained by them or lost by the Islanders (33-26-12,) who early Monday were one indicate behind the Maple Leafs for the second wild-card mark in the East.
Six of the Rangers’ final 10 games are on the road, including Tuesday’s game. Their 26 highway wins are 5 bashful of the NHL record for highway wins in a singular deteriorate set by the Red Wings in the 2005-06 season.