New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be sidelined because of a neck injury after taking a shot in the throat on Jan. 31 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
“We have been conferring with leading medical experts to ensure the best possible care,” the Rangers said in a statement on Friday. “Henrik will remain sidelined at least three weeks, until he is re-evaluated and we have completed the process of conferring with the medical experts.”
Lundqvist was able to stay in the game after the incident, finishing the contest with 31 saves on 32 shots, and was in the net for the next two games before being sidelined due to headaches.
Losing Lundqvist would be a significant blow to the Rangers, as he is 25-11-3 with a 2.25 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in 39 starts this season. Cam Talbot, who will start his second consecutive game Saturday, will likely be the team’s No. 1 goaltender until Lundqvist returns.