Per Blueshirt Banter, citing the NHL Network, it appears that Henrik Lundqvist is questionable for Thursday’s showdown against the Penguins. Lundqvist hurt his right forearm after diving to stop a Claude Giroux shot in the second period. He took the shot in the forearm on an unprotected area, and was shown on TV in pain as the second period ended.
Personally, I’ve played goalie for about 20 years now, and I’ve taken a shot or two off my forearm…and I have to say that stuff hurts, a lot. Andrew Gross was able to catch up with Lundqvist after the game, who had this to say:
“I was struggling all third period,” Lundqvist said. “I told Martin to be ready just in case I couldn’t go. A couple of times, I was like, ‘I’m out of here.’ Luckily, they didn’t shoot any hard shots.”
This is likely just a minor injury, so there’s no reason to panic. With the top seed locked up in the Eastern Conference, the Rangers have a week until the playoffs begin. The President’s Trophy would be nice, but not at the expense of the best goalie in the world. For those clamoring for Hank to get a game off before the playoffs, here’s your day off. It’s unlikely he will play tomorrow, at least in my opinion.