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Rangers lean on Lundqvist to help him get into a “flow”

Henrik Lundqvist

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist of Sweden, follows the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. The Rangers won 1-0 in a shootout. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


Henrik Lundqvist is starting on Saturday for the third time in four games. That’s a lot of work, even for a guy like Lundqvist who doesn’t traditionally take a lot of breaks, but that might not be a bad thing.

“He has plenty of rest, our team has plenty of rest, they’re off again tomorrow,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “I think we’ve done what we need to do with a club as far as resting. So we need to also get Hank into some sort of flow as far as playing games so he goes tonight.”

Lundqvist and the Rangers have struggled this month, so finding their rhythm with just two weeks remaining in the regular season has to be among their top priorities. It’s also worth noting that overall, Lundqvist has got a fair amount of time off this season. This is just his 56th start, which is significantly down from 2010-11 when he played in 68 games. In 2009-10, he participated in a career-high 73 contests. So there’s reason to believe that he’ll still be relatively fresh going into the playoffs.