Back-to-back starts for Lundqvist

Less than 24 hours after recording his 25th win of the season -- he made 31 saves in the Rangers' 5-2 win over the Flyers -- goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will make his third back-to-back start this season.

Lundqvist, who leads the league with a .939 save percentage and ranks second with a 1.81 save percentage, will be back between the pipes as the Rangers take on the 9th place Washington Capitals.

The 29-year-old netminder, who continues to gain momentum as the Vezina Trophy front-runner, opened the season in Stockholm, Sweden with back-to-back starts -- a 3-2 OT loss against the L.A. Kings October 7 and a 2-1 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks the following night -- and recorded two straight wins in back-to-back starts in November -- a 6-3 win against the Capitals November 25th and a 2-0 shutout against the Flyers November 26th.

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Defenseman Stu Bickel will play his second game as forward after making his fourth-line debut Saturday against the Flyers.

The 25-year-old, who played some forward in junior hockey, skated on the right wing on a line with Mike Rupp and John Mitchell.