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Lundqvist back for Rangers tonight in home opener

Oct 28, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist

Tonight is “welcome back” night at MSG.

The Rangers will play take on Montreal in their first home game of the season — yes, 28 days into the year — and they’ll be doing it with a familiar face in goal, as Henrik Lundqvist will start for the first time in nearly 10 days.

Lundqvist, 31, has missed the last two games with a lower-body ailment, forcing rookie Cam Talbot to tend goal. Talbot fared well, posting a 1-1-0 record with a 1.94 GAA and .934 save percentage, but New York will be keen to get its franchise netminder back into the fold, especially with all its other high-priced talent currently out with injuries.

Captain Ryan Callahan (broken thumb) is still about two weeks away from returning, Carl Hagelin (shoulder) has resumed practicing while Rick Nash (concussion) hasn’t returned to the ice yet.

As for finally getting home ice after a nine-game roadie to start the year — well, the Rangers can look forward to plenty more of it over the following weeks.

Tonight marks a stretch in which New York will play nine of 12 at home, with its load road contests being quick jaunts to Long Island, Columbus and Montreal. The Rangers will also get a chance to gun for wins over teams with losing records: Buffalo (Oct. 31), Columbus (Nov. 7), Florida (Nov. 10) and New Jersey (Nov. 12).

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  1. xflyersx - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    October 28th home opener? Fire the scheduler.

    • khudobinawesome - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      They were having modifications done to MSG, not “the scheduler’s” fault.

  2. earpaniac - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Sorta like the Bulls and Hawks annual “Circus trip”.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      The Bruins used to have the same thing where the first like 6 games would be on the road because of the circus.

  3. jasminedonut - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    The boos better be raining down for many of these guys, Pyatt, Stepan, AV, and so on. Maybe that will wake these bums up!

  4. 950003cups - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    If Lundqvist has a bad game its gonna be really interesting.

    Cam Talbot looked pretty damn good. That had to be the biggest nightmare for Lundqvist. Going in to a contract year and not only having a terrible start, but the new kid doesn’t look too bad.

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