The New York Rangers are starting to show signs of greatness after a 1-3 start, and as usual goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is playing like one of the league’s best. In a compacted season, the value of a goaltender like Lundqvist is immeasurable. He often starts almost all of the team’s games, and this season will be no different.
What sets the Rangers apart from other teams in the same situation is that they have one of the best backup netminders in the league in Martin Biron, who is not called upon very often, but almost always comes up big for the team when they turn to him.
Biron got his first start of the season on Saturday, and made 30 saves en route to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Few goaltenders have the ability to come in cold after a week or longer off and be effective, but Biron has thrived at doing just that since coming to New York. He was 8-6 during the 2010-11 season, and even better in 2011-12 when he went 12-6-2 with a pair of shutouts. After time with the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders, he seem to have found a great home with the Rangers.
If the Rangers’ offense continues to click, the team definitely has the goaltending to make a deep playoff run. With Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards leading the way, the playoffs should be all but a given this season. The team is not hesitant to give Lundqvist a night off because they have faith in Biron, and he continues to reward their trust.