Lundqvist (knee) has decided not to play for Team Sweden in the 2018 World Championship next month, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Lundqvist says the injury bothered him all year, but would not blame his struggles on being hurt. Nonetheless, the 36-year-old will rest up this offseason and should be set for the start of the 2018-19 regular season. He'll look to bounce back from a rough season, going 26-26-7 with a 2.98 GAA and .915 save percentage.
Lundqvist will undergo an MRI on his knee after dealing with the injury throughout the season, Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic New York reports. Lundqvist seemed adamant that the injury didn't affect his play, but when you consider this is only the second time he has failed to reach the 30-win mark in a season -- the other being the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign -- his claim starts to fall apart. Certainly the netminder won't shoulder the full blame of the Rangers' disappointing season, but his career-worst GAA (2.98) was no doubt a factor.
Lundqvist saved 35 of 40 shots during Saturday's 5-0 loss to Philadelphia. The 36-year-old veteran finishes the campaign with a mediocre 26-26-7 record, .915 save percentage and 2.98 GAA. He's under contract through the 2020-21 season at an $8.5 million cap hit, so Lundqvist projects to be the No. 1 netminder for the Rangers until he chooses otherwise. Unfortunately, the fantasy setup is unlikely to improve drastically by next fall, so expecting a notable rebound to his numbers is probably ill-advised.
Lundqvist will guard the cage in Saturday's season finale against the Flyers. Lundqvist wasn't great in his last start Tuesday against the Devils, surrendering five goals on 44 shots en route to a 5-2 defeat. The Swedish netminder will look to bounce back and end his disappointing season on a high note in a road matchup with an Islanders club that's averaging 3.43 goals per game at home this campaign, seventh in the NHL.
Lundqvist will start between the pipes in Tuesday's road game against the Devils, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports. Lundqvist was razor sharp in his last start Saturday against the Hurricanes, turning aside 40 of the 41 shots he faced en route to an impressive 2-1 victory. Tuesday's start will be a historic one for the Swedish netminder, as he'll be passing Harry Lumley for sole possession of 14th place on the NHL's all-time list for games played by a goaltender. He'll look to stay dialed in and secure his 27th win of the season in a road matchup with a hot Devils team that's gone 7-2-1 in its last 10 games.
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