New York Rangers Blueshirt Beat, 4/16/17: Hellberg Called Up, Game 3 Lineup Questions
Apr 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) congratulates goalie Magnus Hellberg (45) after the 3-2 win over against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

With Magnus Hellberg being called up on Sunday, questions have surfaced surrounding Henrik Lundqvist‘s availability for the New York Rangers.

  • New York Rangers (1-1)
  • Montreal Canadiens (1-1)
  • Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round 1
  • Game 3, Sun., Apr. 16, 7 p.m. ET, MSG
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

On Sunday, as the New York Rangers look to recover from that stunning game two loss in Montreal, goaltender Magnus Hellberg was called up.

Immediately, those negative folks out there will automatically assume either Henrik Lundqvist or Antti Raanta are hurt and will be unavailable for game three at the Garden. Fortunately, that’s not necessarily the case. There are no roster maximums during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This could simply be a precaution in the direction of Raanta’s shaky knee.

Odds are, Lundqvist will be between the pipes and ready to go.

Still, Alain Vigneault has done a great job of keeping the Sunday lineup under wraps. Nobody knows if changes are coming, especially in the direction of defenseman Nick Holden who struggled mightily in game two.

First puck drop comes your way at 7 p.m. ET from Manhattan. It can be seen on NBCSN and MSG.

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