I am beginning to bore even myself. But as we already suspected, Henrik Lundqvist will get his 15th straight start in net—and 42nd straight dating back to last season—tonight against the Isles.
Tom Renney said he was basing his decision on a conversation with the goalie after the game last night, and of course, Lundqvist’s superior form this season. By that measure, we may next see Steve Valiquette sometime around training camp in September 2008.
Or maybe not. Because at some point, even if Lundqvist shows he can keep playing, Renney said Lundqvist will sit. It won’t be tonight, and it might not even Thursday against Pittsburgh. But it may well come when we least expect it.
“At some point in time, though, forget about Hank,” Renney said. “Steve Valiquette’s got to get some games. He’s got to be ready to play because heaven forbid, we might need him.”
Asked if Valiquette might need a conditioning assignment in Hartford to keep him sharp, Renney said that was probably avoidable.
In other news:
“Heck, its only two games but it’s better than what’s happened with the first couple of combinations let’s be honest,” Renney said. “We’re light years ahead of where we were. So cross your fingers and hope it keeps going.”
More in a bit…