The Rangers may have been inconsistent this year, but Lundqvist was a rock.
He posted a 24-16-3 record, with a 2.05 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.
For comparison's sake, when he won the Vezina trophy last season, he had a 1.97 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.
Indeed, this season, statistically speaking, was the second best of his career.
And Lundqvist is certainly peaking at the right time. In the month of April, when the Rangers have essentially been playing playoff hockey, he's been at his best. He has a .934 save percentage, including two shutouts. That has helped the Rangers win five of their last six heading into the playoffs.
While a hot goalie is essential to making a deep run, a team still needs to put the puck in the net. After struggling all season, the Rangers offense has started to come together.
They averaged a pretty remarkable 3.7 goals per game in April. On the season, they averaged just 2.6. The acquisitions of Derick Brassard, Ryane Clowe and John Moore, in addition to the signing of Mats Zuccarello, has paid dividends.
The Rangers defense is stingy, giving up only 2.3 goals per game, which was fourth best in the league. The special teams are average, but the penalty kill gave up only six power-play goals in April, in 37 chances. That's killing off 84 percent of penalties, better than their season average of 81 percent.
So the Rangers are peaking when it matters most.
They are getting more scoring, playing tight defense and improving on special teams. On paper, they have one the most talented rosters in hockey. They have a hot goalie and a hot team, which means anything is possible—even a Stanley Cup run.