Lundqvist allowed five goals on 22 shots in a 6-4 preseason loss to the Flyers on Wednesday. Unfortunately, this game is a strong reminder that Lundqvist isn't the same fantasy commodity that he used to be. Whether he's to blame or not, the 36-year-old's numbers have tailed off the last couple seasons. Wednesday, the penalty kill let him down twice, but he also stopped just 11 of 14 at even strength. Last season, Lundqvist went 26-26-7 with a .915 save percentage and 2.98 GAA. With the Rangers rebuilding, owners shouldn't expect those numbers to improve if at all.
Lundqvist (knee) will defend the cage against the Flyers on Wednesday, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Lundqvist -- who sat out the World Championships due to a knee injury -- will get his first taste of game action Wednesday. King Henrik should log 60-plus games this season, but may struggle to register 30 wins again this year given the rebuild occuring around him.
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.
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