What the HELL is going on with Henrik Lundqvist?
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10-12-2013, 03:20 PM
Take the damn deal
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I believe Wyshynski is a devils fans and his take on the Rangers state of affairs is interesting. Pretty good read.
The New York Rangers are 1-3-0, having given up 19 goals in those three losses. Coach Alain Vigneaultís team has stumbled out of the gate like an inebriated thoroughbred, getting manhandled by the Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks on the road.
Whatís gone all wonky for the Rangers to start the season? A few theories:
Henrik Lundqvist Is Doing Too Much
Henrik Lundqvist has a .879 save percentage and a bloated 4.31 GAA, putting him in the same decrepit neighborhood as Tim Thomas and Devan Dubnyk to start the season.
The immediate reaction to those numbers will likely be ďIT WAS THE PADS ALL ALONG!Ē, as Lundqvist struggles at the same time the NHL shaved his (allegedly) oversized pads down by a few inches. Maybe heís overcompensating for that, maybe not. But itís not like every goal has beaten him 5-hole.
In fact, reviewing his goals, Lundqvist can be guilty of one thing: Trying to do too much
The Defensemen Have Been Atrocious
Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh are considered one of the top pairings in the NHL. In the Rangersí first two loses, they were on the ice for 6 of the 13 goals scored, and played a direct role in a number of them - failing to pick up opposing players around the net, losing puck battles in the defensive zone.
In the Ducks game, it was Michael Del Zotto and John Moore that were victimized, on the ice for two of the six goals while Del Zotto was on for another one as well.
itís easy to blame Lundqvist for the Rangersí defensive failings early, but the support heís gotten may have driven him temporarily insane, attempting to do more than he should.
The Rangers look lost out there in the Sharks and Ducks losses.
He goes on to discuss other factors.
My question is why is Ulf off the hook for the play of the defense?
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