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Lundqvist will play in Rangers home opener Monday

Henrik Lundqvist, Saku Koivu

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, right, of Sweden, and Anaheim Ducks’ Saku Koivu, left, of Finland, look at the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


The New York Rangers will have Henrik Lundqvist back for their home opener.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault announced Lundqvist will get the start against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, the team’s first home game of the year. He missed their last two games with an undisclosed injury.

Lundqvist tells Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants he’s 100-percent and pain free and ready to play. Backup Cam Talbot started their previous two games losing 2-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday and beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night.

This season, Lundqvist has had his ups and downs. Along with the injury he’s also struggled out of the gate with his save percentage below .900 and his goals-against average above 3.00 and winning just two out of seven games played. He does have a 2-0 shutout win against the Washington Capitals, however.

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