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After All-Star success, Rangers' Lundqvist likely to face Flyers
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist spent the All-Star break explaining why he's happy to remain with a rebuilding team.
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher spent Monday explaining why left winger Claude Giroux may be the lone star retained by the team as it retools.
A pair of teams in the midst of transitional periods will meet Tuesday night when the Rangers host the Flyers at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers will be playing for the first time since Jan. 19, when they headed into the break by earning their third straight win, a 3-2 victory over the host Boston Bruins.
The Flyers resumed their schedule Monday, when they won a fourth straight, beating the visiting Winnipeg Jets 3-1.
Lundqvist, who earned the win against the Bruins by making 27 saves, then starred over the All-Star weekend at San Jose.
The 36-year-old Swede made 12 consecutive saves to win the Save Streak goalie competition on Friday. Lundqvist then stopped five of seven shots for the Metropolitan Division in a 7-4 win over the Atlantic Division in the All-Star Game semifinals Saturday, and he made six saves without allowing a goal as the Metro team topped the Central Division 10-5 in the final.
Lundqvist almost surely will be in net Tuesday night.
Despite his advancing age and the Rangers' rebuilding ways -- they enter Tuesday nine points out of a playoff spot -- Lundqvist started 35 of New York's first 48 games.
And there's no place he'd rather be, even if there are no guarantees the Rangers' rebuild bears fruit in time for Lundqvist -- who was selected by New York in the seventh round of the 2000 draft -- to finally win that elusive Stanley Cup. Lundqvist's lone trip to the Stanley Cup Finals thus far ended with a five-game loss to the Los Angeles Kings in 2014.
"It means a lot to me to have this opportunity to play my entire career with one organization," Lundqvist said last week. "When I came into the league 14 years ago, I didn't think much about where I was going to be in 10, 15 years. But looking at it now, the way the organization committed to me over the years is a great feeling. I value that a lot."
The Flyers, who are 12 points out of a playoff spot entering Tuesday, appear ready to offer the same type of commitment to Giroux, who was drafted by Philadelphia in the first round of the 2006 draft and has spent his entire career with the organization.
Giroux has a no-trade clause and is signed through the 2021-22 season, so any potential deal would be complicated. However, his continued high level of play -- he leads the Flyers with 38 points and 52 assists -- has Fletcher, who became Philadelphia's general manager Dec. 3, eager to hang on to Giroux for as long as possible.
"I'm not trading Claude Giroux, that's for sure," Fletcher, who took over for the fired Ron Hextall, said Monday. "We have a lot of good players here, but I would never say never to almost anybody besides Giroux."
While the Flyers are playing the second game of a back-to-back set, they could choose to stay with the hot hand and start 20-year-old rookie Carter Hart, who has been in net throughout Philadelphia's winning streak. Hart, who made 31 saves Monday, is the first goalie in franchise history to record a four-game winning streak prior to his 21st birthday.
Lundqvist is 35-17-5 in 59 career regular season appearances against the Flyers. Hart has never faced the Rangers.
--Field Level Media
Updated January 29, 2019