The Rangers haven't played since Monday, and nobody needed that time off more than Henrik Lundqvist.

The All-Star goalie's slump that preceded this breather in the schedule is under a microscope for a couple reasons, none bigger than the fact that the Rangers have lost five straight (0-4-1) heading into tonight's game in Atlanta.

Lundqvist has been on the bench for the last two, watching his understudy, Martin Biron, play terrific yet still come away with losses. Biron's 59 saves on 63 shots over the stretch was in glaring contrast to Lundqvist's 3.20 goals-against average in his five starts before he unwillingly relinquished the reins.