The cloud of mystery surrounding King Henrik’s return may have just been lifted, as news was revealed of an expected return to the ice
No official statement has been released since March 7th. However, this is the first positive news as it relates to the Rangers franchise goaltending leader in wins and shutouts, since it was revealed that he was at work to his craft and taking low shots in practice.
In the article, written by Jason Brough, he writes:
"“…the (New York Rangers are) preparing for star goalie Henrik Lundqvist to make his return next week, on March 24.”"
The article revealed that Ken Campbell of thehockeynews.com broke the information and shared it on his NHL Power Rankings, that posted today. In his article, he lists the Rangers as the number one team in the league, up one spot from last week.
Oddly enough, March 24th is the expected day for Lundqvist’s return. That night, they will host the defending Stanley Cup Champions Los Angeles Kings. Hmmmm, good public relations move for the Rangers, if this is indeed confirmed by the team? Think about it, Rangers host Kings in last year’s Final rematch, with New York’s King returning to Madison Square Garden. Only In New York can you get that headline.
Eyes On Isles
This will be an interesting dilemma for head coach Alain Vigneault, though. Do you stay with the hot hand in Cam Talbot and thrust the King back into action? Or do you ween him in, get comfortable with the team on the bench, see the pace of play at ice-level, and give him full practices till you are satisfied he can play and help the team?
Even though, Lundqvist has been seen in full gear, getting back into game shape, he still will need time to adjust himself to live game action. And so far, Talbot has been filling in admirably on the King’s throne, while he has been taking care of his injury the past month. Since the injury, Talbot, along with 20 year old rookie Mackenzie Skapski have gone 14-2-3 with two shutouts. Through yesterday, the goaltending tandem is 6-0-1 have allowed a total of five goals in those games.
Whichever decision is made, Lundqvist will get games in by the end of the regular season. Perfect timing too. Their last remaining games of the regular season put them against potential playoff opponents.
Should Vigneault throw caution to the wind and let Talbot take the reigns for a few more games before handing them over? Or, should Lundqvist take his place in between the pipes on the 24th, as expected?
Tough choice, yes. But, a choice any coach would love to have.
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