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Torts pondering next chance to get Lundqvist a rest

Apr 15, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save during his 500th career NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 5, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 2-1 in a shootout.
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A two-game winning streak has given the Rangers a 93.5 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to Sports Club Stats.

Those well-timed victories may also help starting goalie Henrik Lundqvist get a rest.

Lundqvist has started 36 out of 41 games this season, including the last seven. The last time backup Martin Biron got the nod was March 30.

The Rangers have seven games left, with ninth-place Winnipeg still nipping at their heels.

Head coach John Tortorella said Monday he expects Biron will see some action down the stretch; he’s just not sure how much.

“You go into the season thinking about trying to keep [Lundqvist] fresh, but when you struggle and you’re as inconsistent as we are, you need to use him in some spots where maybe you’re gonna go with [Biron],” Tortorella said, per the Daily News. “And that certainly isn’t a negative with Marty, but Hank is our number one guy. So for the rest of the year as we progress, we’ll see where we’re at, and we’ll go from there.”

Lundqvist — a candidate to win his second straight Vezina Trophy — will reportedly start again Tuesday in Philadelphia. The 31-year-old is 19-14-3 with a .928 save percentage.

The Rangers return home to play Florida on Thursday, which could present Biron a chance to get back between the pipes.

  1. rpiotr01 - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Who is Torts kidding, he’s going to ride Hank until he breaks, just like every year.

    I also don’t understand the Lundqvist Vezina love. I’m a Ranger fan but he’s had some very soft moments this year. I don’t think a strong final 2 weeks should overshadow what Bobrovsky has done in Columbus pretty much all season.

    • domdogsbk85 - Apr 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      without lundqvist , our beloved rangers are already planning there team vacation. Just look at the Rangers goals for and goals against this year and thats where the vezina love comes from. Lets go rangers

    • challer9 - Apr 15, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      I’m not saying he should or will win, but Lundqvist will definitely be a Vezina finalist. The only season he has had better numbers was last year when he won. And if you look at Bob’s January (2.97 GAA and .907 sv pct.) and February (2.86 and .892) numbers, I’m not sure your argument about him doing it all season really works.

    • barkar942 - Apr 15, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      I agree. Without training camp, Hank was a bit off for the first half or the season. In the last 10 games, he has been playing more to the expectations everyone has for him. Bobrovsky has been steady all year for the Blue Jackets and should be at the top of the list for the Vezina.

  2. flyboat44 - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Jenny definitely needs a break

  3. rockthered1286 - Apr 15, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    I don’t know the exact numbers but there has to be at least 10 goalies with more than Hanks ONE SO and either a better win % or more W’s. he’s been solid all around but not great in any one area. Maybe we’ve been spoiled by some of these goalies around the league standing on there heads making unbelievable saves, but Hank seems just slightly above average this year to me. Very pedestrian.

    And before anybody says I’m on a Holtby campaign here, I’m not. He’s played great most of the season but those first few weeks were horrendous as was his last game. I mean you can’t ignore 4 shutouts on a team with bad D but its not worth considering him Vezina worthy.

  4. adge84 - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    2.06 gaa and a .928 save percentage on what has been a mediocre team. That’s why he’s in the vezina conversation. If it wasn’t for him the blue shirts would already have their tee times set for April 28th. He’ll be a finalist but should not win it.

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