The Antti Raanta Problem
Every athlete will lose their confidence at some point, but what Antti Raanta experienced after last Friday’s loss to the Kings was a whole new level.
Rarely is an athlete so bothered or beleaguered after a regular-season loss. Here’s Antti Raanta after NYR OT loss:https://t.co/woTtL9PyVj
— JOHN GIANNONE (@jaygeemsg) February 13, 2016
That is not good.
Raanta will not start in the playoffs, but the Rangers need him to be serviceable in the regular season to keep Lundqvist fresh.
If Raanta cannot be reliable moving forward it will put a lot of strain on Lundqvist. In the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils we all witnessed what happens when Hank is fatigued.
He had a couple rough games.
Raanta needs to get over his issues and fast. It is way too late in the season for the Rangers to worry about head-cases.