2013 Fantasy Hockey: Don’t Give Up On G Henrik Lundqvist

By Adam McGill
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The fantasy hockey season may have just begun, but some superstars are simply off their game. One of those stars is G Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

The franchise netminder currently has an 1-3 record with a miserable 4.21 Goals Against Average (G.A.A.). Lundqvist is also saving just 88.7% of his shots and the All-Star goaltender has already let 16 goals slide by him in just five games.

These are the type of numbers that make you cringe, especially considering his monster performance last season. In 2012, Lundqvist had a sizzling 2.05 GAA and 92.6% save percentage. The year before that, he had an even better 1.97 GAA and 93 % save percentage.

King Henrik was thought of as the number one goalie in all of fantasy, but so far through the 2013 season he has looked lost and out of sorts. He is letting some extremely soft goals get by and some fans are already calling for the 31-year-old’s benching.

However, Lundqvist has always started slow throughout his career. Last year, the All-Star allowed 18 goals in his first eight games, including an astonishing 10 goals in the first three games alone. Lundy’s slow start is nothing new and is simply the veteran getting back into shape. Don’t panic, he will come around.

If you own Lundqvist in any of your hockey leagues, simply remain patient with him. He will slowly get into a groove as the season moves forward and the veteran will be posting shutouts before you know it.
Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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