The New York Rangers are headed for yet another game seven tonight, and will look to Henrik Lundqvist to be solid yet again in net. There are some very interesting facts to consider about Lundqvist before going into game seven which might give you some confidence.
- If Lundqvist wins tonight, he will break the tie of four consecutive game seven wins that he currently holds with Patrick Roy, Ed Belfour, and Cam Ward. If you ask me that’s pretty good company to keep, and if he wins he will stand alone in his game seven prowess.
- In his last four game sevens, Lundqvist is 4-0 with a .75 goals against average, a .973 save percentage and one shut out. Those numbers are absolutely insane, and are unparalleled, Lundqvist has an uncanny ability to play extremely well under pressure and game sevens only prove that.
- In the last 11 elimination games that the Rangers have played, Lundqvist has a 9-2 record, a 1.5 goals against average, and a .955 save percentage. That’s been extremely evident in this series, he’s only allowed two goals in games five and six of this series when the Rangers were staring elimination in the face.
- At this point in the playoffs, Lundqvist has a 2.07 goals against average, and a .926 save percentage which put him in the top three playoff goaltenders for this year. He has stopped 67 of the last 69 shots he’s faced, and is peaking at the right time.
The point of all these facts is not to guarantee a victory, but to show that betting on Lundqvist during a game seven is a safe bet. I don’t know what he does to prepare for game sevens that’s different from other games but whatever it is it has worked. The Rangers are looking to head to their second Eastern Conference Final in three years and if they are going to do that they need Lundqvist to continue his stellar performances.