Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal tonight when the Rangers host the Senators (31-30-10) at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. John Tortorella will use the same lineup as his did last night in the 5-3 win over the Sabres. The Rangers (38-26-8) in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings and are a point behind the Hurricanes. With a win the Rangers would be in a tie for fifth place with Pittsburgh.
Tortorella said he realized the danger of overplaying a goalie, but that Lundqvist wanted to play and the Rangers need him. “This is crunch time,” Tortorella said.
And the other news, Torts has done a 180 degree turn on Sean Avery. “I never realized how good a skater he is, and he’s explosive,” the coach said.
But Torts said Avery needs to continue to keep it in check. “I watch him all the time to see that he stays within the limit of that line,” Tortorella said.