W2W4: Rangers Look To Douse Skid and Flames

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Rangers-Henrik Lundqvist: The Rangers' most important player is struggling right now at a time his team is in the midst of its own issues, and not surprisingly the result is an 0-3-1 winless stretch heading into play Sunday. Lundqvist has surrendered 14 goals during this winless streak, and on Thursday he was pulled after only 11:10 worth of the game had been played after surrendering three goals on 13 shots. It was the third time this season in 24 starts Lundqvist has been removed from the game. In the previous two seasons combined Lundqvist was pulled only once in 105 starts. In 25 appearances this season he is 9-14-1 with a 2.71 goals against average and .910 save percentage. If the season ended today those numbers would be the worst of Lundqvust's remarkable nine-year career. Fortunately there is still a lot of hockey left to play in 2013-14 and plenty of time for Lundqvist to turn things around, though the sooner the better would greatly benefit his struggling team. In four career starts against the Flames, Lundqvist is 2-2-0 with a 2.70 GAA and .888 save percentage.

 

Flames-Sean Monahan: Calgary's rookie sensation is back in the lineup after missing a month's worth of action due to injury. He returned Saturday and played 15:20 against the Sabres, and is looking to pick up where he left off--scoring a goal in his previous game on November 13. In 25 games this season Monahan has scored nine goals and totaled 15 points, ranking second among all rookies in goals--trailing only San Jose's Tomas Hertl---and tied for ninth in points among all first year players. A two-time 30-goal scorer in Junior, Monahan was Calgary's first-round pick--sixth overall---from the Ottawa 67's in this past NHL Draft. He just turned 19 years old in October, but hasn't seem fazed at all by the adjustment moving from Junior hockey to the NHL.He recorded points in each of his first five NHL games in October, scoring four goals and totaling six points, and had eight points in his first seven games in the NHL.  As of right now Monahan would be in the middle of any Calder Trophy conversation along with Hertl, and the Rangers Chris Kreider.