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Rangers' Lundqvist seeks 300th career win

by Tal Pinchevsky

NEW YORK -- One of the world's busiest goaltenders will remain in the crease Sunday afternoon when Henrik Lundqvist starts for the New York Rangers against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden.

Lundqvist enters the Sunday matinee one win short of 300 for his career. He is also two wins shy of Mike Richter's franchise record of 301.

If Lundqvist continues with his frantic pace of late, he should be New York's career wins leader within days. He played six games for Sweden at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the most of any goaltender in the tournament, and had a 1.50 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in leading the Swedes to the silver medal.

He's been just as busy with the Rangers.

Since missing three straight starts in late December, his first time sitting out three consecutive games in eight years, Lundqvist has started 20 of New York's 25 games, including the past four. In his last start against Detroit, Lundqvist earned a 38-save shutout in a 1-0 victory on Jan. 16.

The Red Wings will counter with Jimmy Howard, who has started three of Detroit's five games since the end of the Olympic break. Backup Jonas Gustavsson sustained a groin injury during the Red Wings' 7-4 home win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday and will not dress. Petr Mrazek was called up from the American Hockey League on Saturday and will serve as Howard's backup.

Howard didn't fare too poorly the last time he came to the Garden, making a season-high 47 saves in the one-goal loss.

Here are the projected lineups for the Red Wings and Rangers:


David Legwand - Gustav Nyquist - Johan Franzen

Justin Abdelkader - Luke Glendening - Daniel Alfredsson

Tomas Tatar - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Jurco

Drew Miller - Joakim Andersson - Todd Bertuzzi

Jonathan Ericsson - Niklas Kronwall

Kyle Quincey - Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Brian Lashoff

Injured: Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Daniel Cleary (knee), Darren Helm (head), Stephen Weiss (hernia), Jonas Gustavsson (groin).


Rick Nash - Derek Stepan - Chris Kreider

Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Martin St. Louis

Benoit Pouliot - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello

Daniel Carcillo - Brian Boyle - Dominic Moore

Dan Girardi - Ryan McDonagh

Anton Stralman - Marc Staal

John Moore - Kevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Derek Dorsett, Justin Falk, Raphael Diaz

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