Lundqvist starts Game 1, Shesterkin reportedly deemed unfit to play
The New York Rangers turned to the king for Game 1.
The Rangers carried three goalies - Lundqvist, Shesterkin, and Alexandar Georgiev - on their roster for most of the season. Shesterkin, 24, took over the starter's role with an impressive start to his NHL career, going 10-2-0 with a .932 save percentage to help New York climb into the playoff race before the league halted play.
Lundqvist, 38, had the worst regular season of his career in 2019-20, posting a .905 save percentage across 30 appearances. He owns a .922 save percentage in 128 career playoff games, however, and he's been dominant against the Hurricanes throughout his NHL tenure.
Lundqvist went 3-0-0 with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage against Carolina this season. He owns a career record of 33-12-1 and a remarkable .934 save percentage versus the Hurricanes.