NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist
was scheduled to make his 52nd start of the season for the Rangers on Tuesday night, but the flu will keep him out of the lineup against the Carolina Hurricanes
Lundqvist did not take part in the team's optional practice Tuesday morning, usually a sure sign that he would be that night's starting goaltender. Instead, it will be backup Martin Biron
making his 18th start of the season.
To replace Lundqvist, the Rangers recalled Chad Johnson
from the Connecticut Whale of the AHL.
Lundqvist is the likely favorite for the Vezina Trophy, posting a 32-14-5 record, 1.88 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. Only the Blues' Brian Elliott
has a better GAA and save percentage, but he has made 21 fewer starts.
Biron has been solid in his few appearances, going 11-4-2 with a 2.25 GAA and .909 save percentage. He has struggled of late, however, going 2-2-1 with a 2.94 GAA a .880 save percentage. This season against the Hurricanes, Biron is 2-0-0 with a 2.50 GAA and .907 save percentage.
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