Through the first four games of the year New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been getting shelled. Lundqvist’s goals against average is at an astonishing 4.31. So head coach Alain Vigneault has decided to give Lundqvist the night off.
Martin Biron will get the start Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. While Biron is going to be on highlight reels for a long time for the goal, he gave up to San Jose Sharks young stud Tomas Hurtl. Biron is a capable backup. He is not an elite goaltender anymore and is most likely never going to start for another team in the NHL ever again. But if you need a solid backup to start around 15-20 games a year, Biron is great. He is an old school goalie, not quick, but very good positionally.
Of course the goalie won’t matter if the Rangers continue to play the dreadful defense they have over the first four games of the year. While Lundqvist can be held responsible for some goals, he can’t be blamed for all of them. The Rangers are allowing a ridiculous number of odd man rushes and are leaving players open in the slot.
Sitting Lundqvist is not a bad idea by Vigneault. It will be good for Lundqvist to get his head together after being shelled so badly through the first four games. But if the Rangers continue to play as bad on defense as they have, Saturday night could get real ugly real fast with Biron in net.