It is not even the winter solstice and the Rangers are in a state of emergency. The SOS is sounding loud and clear from Manhattan Island. Only there seems to be no one in sight with the capability of responding to the distress signals that grow more urgent by the day.

Not even Henrik Lundqvist, who of all people has somehow become one of the root problems of his team’s ills rather than the solution he has been from Day One of his career back in 2005.

Understand this: whether anyone especially approves of the way this team was constructed by Glen Sather (Anyone? Anyone?), the general manager had no reason not to believe the Rangers would continue to get the same elite goaltending to which they had become accustomed over the last eight seasons.

John Tortorella was the beneficiary of elite goaltending almost every night of his tour of duty behind the Blueshirts bench that papered over many of the holes in his teams. Alain Vigneault has not been so fortunate.

The team’s very underpinning is in doubt. Its foundation has been shaken to the core.

It was 4-2 for the Blue Jackets over the Rangers Thursday night at the Garden, in a match in which Lundqvist was pulled after yielding three goals on 13 shots in the first 11:10, the shortest work night of his 529-start career.

The goaltender, jeered on his way to the bench as Cam Talbot took his spot in net, has won three of his last 12 starts (3-8-1). He has been pulled three times in 24 starts this season after having been pulled once over 105 starts the previous two seasons.

“Good goals or bad goals, when you give up three in 10 minutes or whatever, you don’t expect to finish the game,” Lundqvist said after the Rangers remained empty on the homestand at 0-3-1.