The Joe: A Splinter in King Lundqvist's Toe
Mar 12, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

With the New York Rangers taking on the Detroit Red Wings at The Joe on Sunday, one can’t help but think of Henrik Lundqvist’s struggles. 

New York Rangers’ star goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist (19-12-1), is one victory away from becoming the first NHL goalie to win 20 or more games in every season since entering the league.

With one win, Lundqvist will surpass Hockey Hall of Fame members Tony Esposito and Martin Brodeur to become the only goalie in NHL history to have recorded 12 consecutive 20-win seasons, via NHL.

There’s a bitterness tainting that rarified air, though:

Henrik Lundqvist has never won a game at “The Joe.”

“It’s a tough building to play in, Joe Louis Arena, and we need to be ready right off the start there” -Rangers defenseman, Dan Girardi, via AP.

Everything in that brief statement is true. No one knows it better than Lundqvist, who owns a career record of 0-2-1 and a GAA of 3.94 at Joe Louis Arena.

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