Henrik Lundqvist will get his sixth start of the season tonight when the Los Angeles Kings visit the Garden to face the red hot Rangers. Lundqvist has been outstanding so far compiling a 4-1 record and a 2.42 GAA in his previous five starts. He will attempt to stretch the Rangers’ winning streak to six games, something they haven’t accomplished since winning seven straight from Feb. 1- March 2, 2006. The Kings have won four straight coming into tonight’s matchup.
Donald Brashear returned to the ice today after missing yesterday’s practice due to soreness from Monday’s game against Toronto. He will be a game time decision. If Brashear cannot go, Aaron Voros will get the start in his place.
Tonight will be Brian Boyle’s first game against the team that drafted him. Boyle, acquired by the Blueshirts in a draft day trade with Los Angeles, spent 5 seasons in the Kings’ organization and is looking forward to facing his old team. “It should be fun,” says Boyle. “They’ve been doing pretty well and had some success, but we need to just go out and win and keep playing well ourselves.” “I still have a lot of friends over there, but they won’t be friends (tonight), for sure,” explained Boyle, who notched eight goals in 36 games with the Kings over the past two seasons. “I want to go out and do well for this club first and foremost, for the Rangers. That’s my main focus, doing well for us, and contribute to a win for us.”
For more comments from Boyle about tonight’s game, Here is a video of his meeting with reporters: