Alain Vigneault said on Sunday night that he knew which goalie would start on Tuesday against Chicago but that he had not spoken with his goalies yet.
Antti Raanta has won three games in a row and has back to back shutouts while Henrik Lundqvist has been a healthy back up goalie for the past three games.
Larry Brooks wrote in the NY Post today that "it's time" for Lundqvist to get back in net and that he should start against Chicago, despite how Raanta has played.
Brooks writes that Lundqvist has had time to work with Benoit Allaire and that the timing works well since the Rangers have re-discovered their defensive structure. (NY Post)
Brooks was on Hockey Central at Noon today and wondered what the Rangers do with Lundqvist if the Rangers kept riding the hot hand for 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 games or so if Raanta kept winning.
He said that no one wants a goalie controversy and that publicly Lundqvist has taken his time on the bench "magnificently" but that he is probably "burning to get back and reassert" himself as the starting goalie. (590)
Dan Rosen of NHL.com agrees and thinks that Lundqvist should start tomorrow, noting that it's been a week since his last start and that the Rangers have regained their structure defensively. (NHL.com)
Adam Rotter: After Raanta won on Friday I said that Lundqvist should start on Sunday. After Raanta won on Sunday I said that Raanta should start against Chicago and that the Rangers should ride their hot hand. If I had to actually guess at who was going to start, I'd say it was Raanta based upon the fact that he has won three in a row and has back to back shutouts. Alain Vigneault doesn't usually like to make changes after a win and that has me feeling it will be Raanta.
Alain Vigneault is no stranger to goalie controversies but I don't think one is going to develop. Raanta will lose at some point and things will likely return to normal in some way with Lundqvist getting the bulk of the games the rest of the way. At the very least, even if Raanta keeps on winning, the pair will very likely split next week's back to back. This is still Henrik's team but there will be a decent amount of pressure on him to produce when he returns.