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Henrik Lundqvist injury update: New York Rangers will be without usual starter against Philadelphia Flyers


The New York Rangers are looking to get back on track tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers, but they’ll have to do it without Henrik Lundqvist. The usual workhorse will be forced to sit, and with former backup Martin Biron taking the retirement route over getting demoted to the AHL, that makes New York’s goaltending situation suddenly sticky.

That means that Cam Talbot will make his NHL debut against the Flyers. Considering the scoring issues that have plagued Philadelphia all season, this could be an alright time for Talbot to jump in and test the NHL waters.

Lundqvist gave a series of Tweets yesterday, updating fans to his condition as well.

Katie Strang of ESPN New York spoke to head coach Alain Vigneault yesterday about the severity of Lundqvist’s issue:

If this would’ve been a playoff game, he’d probably would have been playing, It’s something that’s day to day that we think we can nip it in the bud. It may take a day or maybe two, but it’s something he should be able to turn the page on and won’t hear about it anymore.

What’s unclear is whether or not the “if this would’ve been a playoff game” line was Vigneault’s idea of a joke. The Blueshirts are headed straight for a high draft pick if they can’t find an identity, and soon.

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