Lundqvist, who gave up eight goals on 24 shots during two
periods of a loss at Toronto on Saturday, skated Tuesday morning
but called team trainer Jim Ramsay about three hours before game
time and said he was unable to play because of the flu.
Kevin Weekes made his second straight start and fourth in six
games. He was backed up by Al Montoya, who took a helicopter to New
York from Hartford after he was recalled on an emergency basis from
Weekes allowed six goals on 28 shots in a home loss to the New
Jersey Devils on Sunday.
Cullen, who had three goals in three games after going 17
without one, missed his second straight contest because of a knee
sprain sustained against Toronto. Nylander joined his Swedish
countryman Lundqvist on the sideline with the flu that has cost him
Right winger Ryan Callahan was also recalled from Hartford on
Tuesday and was immediately inserted into the lineup. He took the
roster spot of struggling defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh, who cleared
waivers earlier in the day and was assigned to the AHL team.
Ozolinsh never really clicked with the Rangers after he was
acquired from Anaheim at the trade deadline last season. Defensive
mistakes during the Rangers' first-round playoff loss to New Jersey
caused fans to turn on him and led to his benching for the fourth
and final game of the Devils' sweep.
Just days later, he was arrested on a drunken driving charge
that was later reduced to driving while impaired. Ozolinsh, 34, had
three assists while playing in 21 of New York's previous 27 games.
He missed the first seven this season as he recovered from
reconstructive knee surgery.
Thomas Pock was recalled from Hartford on Monday and played
against the Islanders, filling in for Malik who strained a groin
Sunday against New Jersey.
The Islanders got some help on their front lines as forward
Trent Hunter returned after missing five games with a sprained
knee. Hunter, who had four goals and two assists in 26 games, was
injured on Dec. 3 in the Islanders' 7-4 road victory over the
He took the place of right winger Arron Asham, who missed his
first game of the season because of a nagging wrist injury.