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It's been a rough few weeks for Henrik Lundqvist.
The normally stellar goalie has just not been himself this year. He's 2-4, with a 3.45 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage.
Outside of a shutout against the Washington Capitals, Lundqvist has not just looked on his game.
What's the reason? Elliotte Friedman of CBC asked the question:
I asked a few people who've seen New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist: "What do you see there? What's wrong?" There are two things mentioned. First, the team defence is not good, which can make any goalie look bad. The second is that he looks smaller. In September, Lundqvist said he felt faster in the new equipment. But a couple of guys pointed out that playing as deep as he does, there are more shooting holes than ever. When you've got time, you can find them.
It's true that the defense behind him is awful. But it is interesting about the smaller pads. Has he suffered due to the new rule?
Tough to say. All we know is that Lundqvist is letting in goals that he normally doesn't. He was pretty miserable Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils.
Given his pedigree, you have to think he'll turn it around. It's still early enough in the season. But time is ticking. If Lundqvist can't get it together, then the Rangers have no shot.
His stock is way down, obviously. I think it will improve as the season progresses. But it is reasonable to ask questions about his performance.