The All-Star Game is just a few weeks away and Henrik Lundqvist will be the man representing the New York Rangers.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 2, 2019
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.
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.