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Henrik Lundqvist won't face Devils

The last time Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist sat out a game against the New Jersey Devils, it was December 2006, his second season in the NHL.

The streak of 32 starts against the Devils ends Tuesday night, when he'll back up Martin Biron.

"It's been awhile since I watched a game against these two teams," Lundqvist said. "It will be different."

Rangers coach John Tortorella said the decision to sit Lundqvist was made prior to the All-Star break. Lundqvist was one of the team's four representatives in Ottawa.

Tortorella said he wanted to make sure Lundqvist received some quality practice time before returning to action. Although fellow All-Stars Marian Gaborik and Dan Girardi rested Monday, Lundqvist practiced with the team.

"This gives him a chance for (goaltending coach Benoit Allaire) to get him in a good situation," Tortorella said. "I think it's helped him to practice at a high level all the time."

Lundqvist said he plans on starting Wednesday in Buffalo against the Sabres.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPNNewYork.com.