Lundqvist made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over Nashville on Monday. It was Lundqvist's 12th win in 17 appearances, and he's currently the league leader in wins, shots against (553), save percentage (.946) and goals-against average (1.74). The Rangers allowed over 30 shots for the second straight game but King Henrik was flawless. It's early, but Lundqvist should get some MVP consideration for his performance so far this year.
Lundqvist will be in the crease for Monday's contest with Nashville. Lundqvist has lived up to his "King Henrik" moniker and then some this season. He leads the league in goals against average (1.85), save percentage (.943), and wins (11), all while leading the Rangers to the top of the Metropolitan Division. New York has fed off Lundqvist's play, going 9-1-0 in their last 10, and on Monday take on a Nashville team that has been shutout in their last two contests.
Lundqvist will start in goal Saturday against the Panthers, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Lundqvist made nine starts in the first month of the season, allowing just 17 goals over that span. Better yet, he has actually improved in November with a 1.48 GAA and .951 in six more starts. For the season, Lundqvist is ranked first among NHL goalies in Wins (10), GAA (1.71) and save percentage (.934). Hey, they call him King for a reason, right?
Lundqvist stopped 26 of 28 shots Thursday, but gave up the game-winning shorthanded goal with 1:05 remaining in a 2-1 loss to the Lightning. Going back to last year's playoffs, the Rangers just can't seem to muster consistent offense against Tampa. This was a curious game for Lundqvist, who looked unbeatable all game long except on a pair of 2-on-1 rushes by the Bolts -- Alex Killorn seemed to surprise him with a shot for his first-period goal, and the second was a beauty by the penalty-killing Valtteri Filppula. So ends Lundqvist's personal six-game winning streak as well as the Rangers' nine-game run, but you can expect Lundqvist -- who entered play Thursday as the leader or co-leader in all the goaltending 'Triple Crown' categories (wins, GAA, save percentage) -- to get right back on the horse against Florida on Saturday. This one won't set him back much.
Lundqvist will be between the pipes in Thursday's game against the Lightning, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Lundqvist will look to secure his seventh-straight win against a banged-up Lightning squad that is expected to be without Tyler Johnson, Cedric Paquette, Ryan Callahan, and Jonathan Drouin in Thursday's contest. Lundqvist has been spectacular this season, posting a 10-2-2 record with a 1.69 GAA and .947 save percentage in 14 appearances.
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