DETROIT - Henrik Lundqvist wanted to start Saturday night, but he's resigned to waiting until Monday night at the Garden.
"After a loss, you always feel like you want to get out there as soon as you can to play and build on a good feeling," Lundqvist said after a morning skate at Joe Louis Arena.
"It's been a weird schedule," he said. "Last week and this following week, we don't play that many games. I try to be ready when they tell me to play. I'm trying not to analyze if I'm playing or if I'm not playing."
Lundqvist confirmed that he was told he'll be in goal Monday night against the Penguins, seven days after his last start, a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay. "In the next couple weeks, we're going to be playing more again,'' he said, "and I enjoy that, when you get into a nice rhythm."
Kreider in a slump
Defenseman Kevin Klein has five goals -- one more than Chris Kreider. Kreider also leads the team in penalty minutes with 48.
It has been a strange start for Kreider, who hasn't scored in 11 games.
"There's no doubt the effort is there, the preparation is there," coach Alain Vigneault said. "He probably needs to be a little bit better, once he wins that one-on-one [battle], making the next play. Offensively, he's fighting it a little bit, but I think if he wins that one-on-one and works with [Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis] on making that next play, he'll be all right."
His defense, Vigneault said, "is getting a little bit better; we've been showing him a lot of video."
A decision on whether to lend rookie Anthony Duclair, a healthy scratch, to Team Canada for the World Junior championships likely will be made next week, Vigneault said.