Lundqvist has been listed as day-to-day since March 7th after suffering a hip injury against the Florida Panthers. Backup goaltender Antti Raanta has played every game since, powering through three separate sets of back-to-back matchups. Raanta is 2-3-2 in his last seven games, only nabbing the Rangers six out of 14 possible points.
While Lundqvist rejoins the team for their California road trip, injuries are still haunting the rest of the lineup. Vigneault told reporters that multiple players were game-time decisions due to injuries Wednesday morning after practice, but would not indicate who. The likely suspects are forward Pavel Buchnevich and defenseman Adam Clendening, who were scratched later in the day against the New York Islanders. While no statement has been made regarding their conditions, Buchnevich has been struggling with back spasms throughout the season.
Defensemen Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein have been sitting out to tend an ankle injury and back spasms respectively. Both players were medically cleared on Tuesday but did not appear in either of the Tuesday/Wednesday games. They are expected to return and play Saturday in Los Angeles.
The New York Rangers (45-25-4) will take on the Los Angeles Kings (35-31-7) this Saturday at 10:30 PM (EST).
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