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The New York Rangers Are Not A Good Team Right Now

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers are less than the sum of their parts. They look like a bad team and have looked like a bad team through sizable portions of nine of the 10 games they have played, the 2-0 victory over Montreal on Oct. 8 serving as the lone exception.

What’s more, they have often looked like a bad team getting bad goaltending. Henrik Lundqvist either surrendered two or three bad ones, depending on whether you think the goaltender should be held responsible for Logan Couture’s 50-footer that may have ticked off Chris Kreider at 1:56 of the first period.

There could be no arguments on the second goal that came from a weak-angle right-corner shot from Tim Heed at 12:45 of the first period or on Melker Karlsson’s 4-0 goal at 2:51 of the third after Lundqvist had been stripped by Couture trying to play a wraparound behind the net.

The Rangers may be shy some young talent after having traded away four consecutive first-rounders from 2013 through 2016 in attempts to win it all, but when you get nights on which your goaltender’s save percentage is under .900 — as in this one in which Lundqvist allowed four goals on 24 shots, and as in six of his nine starts, including three under .870 — even the most splendiferous young talent extant wouldn’t necessarily make a difference.

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Lundqvist has always been slightly overrated and seemed to crumple in the spotlight.  But since the infamous net push and the 2016 playoffs he’s just been a shell of himself.

Posted by PMP5030 on 10/24/17 at 10:14 AM ET

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Lundqvist has always been slightly overrated and seemed to crumple in the spotlight. 

Could you expand upon this?

Because his playoff and elimination game numbers disagree.

Lundqvist may not act any differently before an elimination game, but dating to the 2012 season, he has played well in his 20 win-or-go-home contests. He is 15-5 in elimination games with a 1.74 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and two shutouts.

https://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/rangers-henrik-lundqvist-has-been-at-his-best-in-elimination-games-1.13583731

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/24/17 at 10:22 AM ET

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Yeah, I think I must have overlooked that elimination games where he won a cup.

Posted by PMP5030 on 10/24/17 at 10:29 AM ET

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I am not sure if Lundqvist hasn’t won a cup because he himself has “crumpled,” but that’s just one perspective. smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/24/17 at 10:38 AM ET

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Yeah, I think I must have overlooked that elimination games where he won a cup.

Or maybe you don’t have a fundamental understanding of hockey, and the role of the goaltender in this team game.

“He is 15-5 in elimination games with a 1.74 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and two shutouts.”

I guess he should do more?  I mean, he doesn’t have any goals in any of those games, so they’re probably all his fault.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/24/17 at 10:39 AM ET

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Actually, I’m not even sure what that stat would point to.  He has 15 elimination game wins in 12 seasons, this being his 13th.  Seems about right with the one long finals run.  In a team game, Lundqvist pulled his weight and failed when it counted as evidenced by exactly zero, 0, cups.  And now he doesn’t look as good as he used to. 

If you had to win one game you would not choose Lundqvist.

Posted by PMP5030 on 10/24/17 at 10:46 AM ET

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PSA:

Dominik Hasek has less wins and less Cup victories than Chris Osgood.

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/24/17 at 10:52 AM ET

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I think the Rags should trade for B52, DDK and NyQ. That’ll make us….I mean them better.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 10/24/17 at 10:58 AM ET

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PSA:

Dominik Hasek has less wins and less Cup victories than Chris Osgood.

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/24/17 at 10:52 AM ET

Ok?  Hasek biffed it a few times in the playoffs. What’s your point?

 

Posted by PMP5030 on 10/24/17 at 11:20 AM ET

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