Lundqvist to represent Rangers at 2019 All-Star Game
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The All-Star Game is just a few weeks away and Henrik Lundqvist will be the man representing the New York Rangers.

Dom Renna

Henrik Lundqvist will be representing the New York Rangers at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 26 in San Jose.

The selection is Lundqvist’s fifth in his career and second in a row after representing the Blueshirts in Tampa Bay a season ago. The 36-year-old is 12-9-7 with a .916 save percentage and a 2.81 goals-against average in 29 games entering play Wednesday night.

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While the goals-against average isn’t pretty, Lundqvist has been a major reason for the Blueshirts being relatively competitive in a rebuilding year. Through the team’s first seven games Lundqvist posted a .930 save percentage and a 2.31 goals-against average putting him in the all-star discussion early.

In his last nine games, Lundqvist has posted a .906 save percentage while allowing a 3.21 goals-against average. Once again the numbers are not pretty but, they could have been a bit different with the Rangers blowing some leads resulting in five overtime losses for the 36-year-old.

In years past Lundqvist might have been the only Ranger deserving of an all-star selection, but this year is a different story for the Blueshirts. Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, and Mika Zibanejad have all had all-star type seasons but it is just Lundqvist getting the nod for New York.

Even with the debate of Lundqvist being all-star worthy, he is still an elite goaltender at the NHL level and, why not have a future Hall of Famer be the man you select to represent an original six franchise when the games biggest stars face off.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.