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Rangers Tweak Lines and Henrik Cleared For Practice

The Rangers were given some great and exciting news concerning goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

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St. Patty’s Day 2015, was a day of practice for the NY Rangers, as they prepare for a Wednesday Night Rivalry Game versus Original Six opponent the Chicago Blackhawks.

Part of that practice was juggling the lines and trying to find just the right combos so that the loss of Marty St. Louis will not be a glaring hole in the lineup.

Head Coach Alain Vigneault, the mastermind behind this tweaking, made some changes and then decided that these lines were the ones that would give him a balanced attack. It would also give him the best chance to defeat the Blackhawks once again.

The first move of AV, was the reuniting of Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider as a line. He then moved Kevin Hayes onto a line with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. Newcomer James Sheppard was moved up to center a line between Carl Hagelin and J.T. Miller. The fourth line would be Tanner Glass – Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast.

The Rangers also were given some great and exciting news concerning goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

The press release explained that after an examination and consultation, with medical specialists, Hank has been cleared to return to full practice with the team.

This is the next to last step for the King to make before he will make a start in net for the Rangers and get ready for the playoffs.

Lundqvist was injured on January 31, 2015, where he had a record of 25-11-3, along with a 2.25 goals against average, a SV% of 2.25 and 5 shutouts.

And even though Cam Talbot was filling in admirably for Henrik, all Ranger fans were holding their breath in anticipation, longing for the return of Lundqvist. And he will be back, as soon as he gets a few practices under his belt and he and Coach Vigneault agree that all is set for the Return of King Henrik!

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