Weekes to start tonight
Globe and Mail columnist David Shoalts is in New Jersey and he's got some rather grim news to deliver for Rangers fans: No Lundqvist, no Kasparaitis and no Jagr. No hope?
I don't like the goaltending swap at all. It seems too kneejerk to pull a young, big-game goalie who had absolutely no support in Game 1 — all six Devils goals were on the power play — and go with the guy who was your backup all season.
The New York Rangers will go into tonight's game against the New Jersey Devils without their two most important players from the regular season.
Right winger Jaromir Jagr will be out with an injury to his left arm, which was expected, but Rangers head coach Tom Renney pulled a surprise Monday morning by naming Kevin Weekes to start in goal ahead of rookie Henrik Lundqvist.
Later in the day, the team received another blow when it learned hard-nosed defenceman Darius Kasparaitis could not play. He aggravated a groin injury on Saturday in the first game of the playoff series.
Lundqvist had Vezina-calibre numbers this season; you don't pull that guy.
If the Rangers lose tonight, it could be the series, and coach Tom Renney would be at fault. It's not a spot I'd want to be in.