New York Rangers: Has Henrik Lundqvist Been Playing Hurt This Season Or Are His Best Years Just Behind Him?

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On Tuesday the New York Rangers announced that star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist missed his second straight practice due to a “minor issue,” and that was all the information the team was willing to reveal on the injury.  Because of this “minor issue”, however, Lundqvist may have to sit out tomorrow’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Now if you have watched the Rangers at all this season, you would know that the team is currently 2-5 and Lundqvist has been so off his game it’s been scary.  A player whose goals against average has never been over 2.43 for a single season currently has a goals against average of 3.45 and for the first time in his career has a save percentage of under .900.  Granted the season is only seven games in, but one cannot deny the fact that Lundqvist has looked far from himself this season.

So does this mean Lundqvist has been playing hurt this whole time?

My guess is probably not and that this “minor issue” has only been bothering him for the past couple of days.  If Lundqvist was truly playing hurt this whole time then I find it hard to believe he would have looked that sharp in the Rangers’ only two wins this season thus far, where he surrendered only one goal against the Los Angeles Kings and shutout the Washington Capitals.

We Rangers fans have to face facts that Lundqvist is getting older now, currently 31 years old. With the NHL‘s new goalie pad reduction rule (which Lundqvist had some of the largest pads in the league beforehand) plus the fact that the Rangers are learning a new and more offensive system under new head coach Alain Vigneault which will lead to more blown coverages and odd man rushes, Lundqvist’s dominant seasons are mostly likely now sadly behind him.

I hope I am wrong, but it sure isn’t looking good at the moment.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers’ and sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn and join his Google network.

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  • Debra Kay Levi

    STEVEN YOU REALLY NEED TO “GET WITH THE PROGRAM”
    YOU ARE QUITE THE TROUBLE MAKER! – LET IT BE KNOWN!!
    IS THIS TRASH WRITER A REGULAR??? YOU JUST DO NOT PLAY GUESSING GAMES OR QUESTION AN “H.L.= Hockey Legend in Progress LadyRanger”
    WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY & DAYS OFF IF NEEDED!
    STEVENS RUN OF HIS RANT ENDS HERE! THEE LADYRANGER

    • Debra Kay Levi

      BY the WAY STEVEN (WE RANGER FANS) HAVE TO FACE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE OF USELESS SUPPORT AS A FAN!! YOU ARE NEGATIVE ENERGY!!! moreover> UNKIND TO TRY & RANT THIS ARTICLE
      THAT IS TO YOUR BENEFIT??? FLUNKED!!!
      - of course change brings changes- but for GODS SAKES!!!
      THEE LADYRANGER 10/23/2013

      • Steven Carollo

        who are you? lol

      • Steven Carollo

        he is 31 years old now, has smaller pads, and AV’s system is bad for him. I don’t get why him not being dominant anymore is off base

        • Debra Kay Levi

          31 is not what 31 was years ago- do your homework! PEOPLE CAN DO AS MUCH AS YOUNG ONES & ARE CAPABLE OF DOING MORE within the aging process – THROUGH PROPER SELF CARE & TRAINING! SO YOU have done a bad thing by stating he is not dominant anymore???- so that’s it he’s done >??? as far as just U R concerned! u r no support at this current time to any of us-
          we all know about the pads & change in the coach –

          YOU DONT GET???? well, if you had an injury, lost your key fellow players and had a coach change well guess it would be a temporary set back & would reflect on your record! GOD
          anyhow who are you? just so disappointed

          • Steven Carollo

            I am just stating an opinion. This does not mean I do not like Henrik any less. And who knows what injury he has now.

          • Debra Kay Levi

            OK then we have said enough to each other publically say? we must move forward – u have a good night!

          • Debra Kay Levi

            - of course i understand that!!but, put yourself in his place with all that has happened & read this! when you work as hard as he does (as others do as well ) & a great record! > one more thing – he is down a bit & not a good timing for this nonsense
            again we must move forward

      • Steven Carollo

        and for the record, hockey legends win Stanley Cups and no matter what your job is, you are still just a man or a woman, nothing more

        • Debra Kay Levi

          & FOR YOUR RECORD -Lundqvist is known as a Hockey Legend TOP 10 of MADISON SQUARE GARDEN – HIS RECORD SHOWS LEGEND IN PROGRESS WHICH IS HIS DEDICATED WORKS AND PASSION FOR THE POSITION HE GUARDS- A GOALIE GREAT – THE BACKBONE OF TEAMRANGERS & YOU GO FOR A NEGATIVE ATTACK!!! “Wether a cup or not comes from this TEAM” a Hockey GOALIE HERO NEVER GIVES UP!!! THATS WHAT A TRUE STANLEY CUP IS REALLY ALL ABOUT – IT DOES’NT JUST STAND FOR THAT TROPHY!! ITS WHAT’s BEHIND IT – YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RECIEVE A TROPHY TO BE TROPHY MATERIAL- SAY???
          & AS FAR AS MY ENTERPRISE WORKS ARE CONCERNED, WELL YOU COULD NOT EVEN COME CLOSE S.C.
          & just for your notes > LADYRANGER is a woman with a mind & IS WELL RESPECTED & ADMIRED GLOBALLY!

          YOU ARE SO RIGHT LOST ONE!! NOTHING MORE
          FROM YOU!!!
          HEY RANGERS & FANS > THIS GUY OR WOMAN REALLY NEEDS PRAYER SAY? TAKE THAT TO YOUR RANT!

          • Steven Carollo

            I honestly do not know how to respond to that lol