Chad Johnson has been recalled from CT Whale to serve as Biron's back-up.
Here's Lundqvist on why he's not playing tonight...
Update, 11:29 a.m.:
Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com reports that Lundqvist has confirmed he is out tonight because of the flu.
Update, 11:11 a.m.:
Brooks adds that Marty Biron was the first goaltender off the ice, while Lundqvist stayed on with the healthy scratches.
...big indication that it's probably Biron tonight.
Update, 10:53 a.m.:
According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post, John Tortorella has declined to announce the starting goaltender for tonight.
...gamesmanship from Torts.
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that the Rangers will go with the same line-up against the Penguins tonight meaning both Ryan Callahan (foot) and Michael Del Zotto (hip) remain out.
Gross adds that Henrik Lundqvist is participating in the morning skate but the Rangers have not indicated if he's going to start.
...starting to get a little panicky about Cally and MDZ. Let's hope team is just being cautious with a six point lead over Pens.
...just have to hope Hank is in there and team can rally around injuries.
Richards has been on fire lately, think he can play goal tonight too? No Hank, Cally or MDZ, and they get cry baby and the other guy back...looks like it's even now! LET'S GO RANGERS!!!!!
I was looking forward to this game....now not so much...we dont have our best player and our third best/best all around player in (cally) and we dont have our best offensive d-man in...and they have their 1st and 3rd best players returning...to face our back up. Not as happy as I was earlier.
@TheNYRBlog what do u think the chances of the #NYR to win tn without #Hank n w #SidtheKid returning for the RED hot #Penguins?!? #NHL
Just updated post with news that Johnson recalled and video of Hank explaining why he's not playing tonight.
it's great that we're in first place and have the luxury of resting these guys. if we were battling for a playoff spot, i bet all three would be going tonight.
@TheNYRBlog I'd rather the injuries happen now than later. Cally & MDZ will have the time to properly heal for the playoffs.
@TheNYRBlog tried telling you he is gonna be out till atleast sat. Foot swelled back up so the med staff told him to sit for a week #inaboot
stop shitting on lundqvist. he is our team. hes carried our team this season no doubt. he got sick, now marty just needs to step up
Is it wrong that I'm disappointed in Lundqvist? Granted you cant control when you get sick and whatnot, but I would have thought he would do everything in his power to play in this one... Biron played well the other night, so hopefully this one will be an encore.
@TheNYRBlog have feeling they would be in if it was playoff game.. Better to rest them now & get as close to 100% in April! #NYR
@TheNYRBlog 2 Things: 1. NYR have to turn it up tonite w/ Biron in net. 2. Psychologically, a loss won't hurt as much as w/o Hank.
@TheNYRBlog looks like it will be a tough night; flip side is win this and you showed us all something
@TheNYRBlog my question is why did both guys sit out a few than play just to sit again? We don't have the same doctors as the mets do we?
I'm the biggest Lundqvist fan out there, but I'd be happy with Biron starting, since Hank has pretty much sucked (by Lundqvist standards) since turning 30. I'm hoping he's gotten rid of all that suckiness with the flu.
@G-mus whoah zing! bang! Bringing the a-game. Might as well close up shop. Who can mess with that cutting wit?
@Van_Ness_WVU Thanks. Just posted.
RT @sacsplace @TheNYRBlog I'd rather the injuries happen now than later. Cally & MDZ will have the time to properly heal for the playoffs.
@ATCRyan yes you are wrong.
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@chrishem7 Very strange indeed. Although doctors can only go by what player tells them. Cally may have forced his way back in.
@maxie You got your wish.
@TheNYRBlog good point lol here to hoping for a competitive good game tonite!!! lets go #Blueshirts!
haha fair enough... It is just a regular season game but kind of a big one
@TheNYRBlog today is a heart racing intense game.I just may fall flat from fainting if they don't play great offense and defense today.
Gotcha.. Well if thats the case then it is what it is.
@ATCRyan well i mean factually you are wrong. one of the reporters tweeted that lundqvist wanted to play but torts or him thought he wasn't in game shape.
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