The New York Rangers started the season on a nine game road trip. The trip started in the south-west, then made it’s way to the west coast, and back across the country and up the east coast. They’re finally returning home to Madison Square Garden on Monday night to take on the Montreal Canadiens in their home opener.
The Rangers have had a lot of problems to start the season, the offense has been unable to score, and the loss of Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan haven’t helped their cause at all. The good news? Henrik Lundqvist will be back to start in goal.
Lundqvist was out for the last two games because of an undisclosed injury. The injury came at an awful time, as Martin Biron had just announced his retirement. Cam Talbot stepped in and went 1-1. The Rangers are 3-6-0 at the moment, but they’re playing in a division that has had a slow start and they’re only six points out of the last wild card spot.
Lundqvist is the MVP of the Rangers and he’s essential to their success, but Lundqvist, like the rest of the Rangers has started the season off slower than expected. Lundqvist has played in seven games, and started six of them. The King’s record sits at a measly 2-4-0, and he’s only stopping .890% of the shots he’s facing. The Rangers have hung him out to dry multiple times, and he isn’t getting offensive support, but he has to be better than he has been if the Rangers are going to win games.
3.45 goals against a game is not good enough to win games with the team in front of him. Hopefully the time off was enough to get him back to 100%, because the Rangers need him to be good if they’re going to turn this ship around.