Henrik Lundqvist, barring any future trades or buyouts, will be apart of the New York Rangers‘ organization for life. The 31-year-old Swedish goaltender was locked up with a seven-year extension yesterday. Now it is back to the game of hockey for Lundqvist. He will no doubt reassure any doubters that the contract Glen Sather gave him is well deserved.
The Rangers are taking on the lowly Buffalo Sabres in their only road game until after Christmas. The Sabres are the worst team in the NHL by far. The Rangers are coming off a brutal loss to the Winnipeg Jets in which Lundqvist sat out. With Lundqvist sitting out the game before that, it was the first time since 2011 that Lundqvist sat out back-to-back games when he was healthy. All rumors of a goalie controversy with Cam Talbot were quickly stopped by the Rangers’ decision to lock up Lundqvist to a big contract extension, making him the fifth-highest paid player in the NHL.
But now that Lundqvist finally got his contract situation dealt with, he will be back to his old ways. Tonight is the start of a very important stretch for the Rangers. In order for Lundqvist to start playing at his usual level, he needs to get into a rhythm. What better way to get into a rhythm than by playing against the worst team in the NHL. Lundqvist will have a spectacular game tonight. I might even go as far as to say that he will have shutout with around 30-35 saves. It will be a night when the king reminds everyone why he has earned that nickname.
The Rangers need to get hot now as this is a time of year where teams make or break their seasons. As most people have been saying the Rangers will only go as far as Lundqvist will take them, it starts tonight and I expect Lundqvist to have a spectacular performance.