Apr. 13, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a glove save against the New York Islanders during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Rangers won 1-0 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Limiting Henrik Lundqvist

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Mar. 24, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a glove save against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The ultimate goal in the National Hockey League is to win Lord’s Stanley Cup. Key elements to doing this is having consistent offense on all four lines, ability to defend in a lot of situations. One can also say that having a well rested goaltender and a solid backup goaltender  is another key element to winning the Stanley Cup.

Over the course of eight seasons since the lockout, the goaltender who raised the cup played 55 games on average. Five of the eight played 60 games or less. Even the losing goaltender in the finals averaged 48 games. Six of the seven teams had a goalie play under 60 games.  Granted, some teams have a struggling goaltender during the years, but they were still well rested come playoff time.

Henrik Lundqvist on the other hand averaged 66 games played since his rookie season. He’s played over 70 games in four of his seven full seasons and hasn’t played under 60 games since his rookie year.

Maybe giving Lundqvist less starts would benefit him and the team come playoff time.The Rangers have been known lately to carry out a long series and Lundqvist could use the extra rest because of this. With that said, Marty Biron has to step up in his own way. Ironing out his shootout skills would be a ideal thing to do because sometimes he stands there like a statue when the puck is shot.

 

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