Lundqvist on pace to break Richter’s record next season

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Every time the Rangers flash Henrik Lundqvist’s stats on the TV during a game, especially the stat that shows that he’s won 30 games in each season so far, it makes me wonder how long it will be until Lundqvist holds the Rangers record for goaltender wins. Currently, Hank has 252 wins, good for third place all time among Rangers goalies.

Next on the list is Eddie Giacomin, who has 266 wins. Assuming there is a season, Hank should pass Eddie within the first two months of the season. Take a step back and think about that for a second. Hank has played seven full seasons, and has one shortened year ahead of him. When the season gets underway, Hank will pass Giacomin in less than eight full seasons. That’s impressive.

But we all know that Mike Richter is the record holder for all time Rangers wins as a goaltender with 301 wins. It looks like Hank will break that record next year, even with a shortened season this year.

Lundqvist has averaged 36 wins per year over his seven-year career, which is 44% of the 82 game NHL schedule. Assuming that same ratio applied to a 50 game schedule this year, then Lundqvist will win 22 games this season, putting him at 274 total wins.

The 2013-2014 season will be a full season, so barring injuries, Lundqvist should get #302 with his 28th win of that season. Naturally this is all assuming there’s a 50 game schedule this year (signs point to a 60 game year), but it goes to show you that Hank just needs to stick to his career average in wins to pass Richter.

It seems crazy to think that we can talk about Lundqvist shattering records for the Rangers, but he is on pace to do just that. If he stays healthy, he is a lock for 400 wins, which makes him a lock for the Hall of Fame. Not bad for a seventh round pick.

8 Responses to “Lundqvist on pace to break Richter’s record next season”

  1. Chris says:

    “a lock for the Hall of Fame. Not bad for a seventh round pick”…
    brilliant.
    …And I think he wins at least one more Vezina and should the Rangers be a contender for a few more years he’ll be in the mix for Hart and Ted Lindsay trophies too. If the Rangers win a cup he’s a cert to have #30 hanging in the MSG. Not bad for a seventh round pick…

  2. Walt says:

    I could care less what draft pick he was, we are lucky to have Hank on our team. If he stays healthy, no dought he will own all the Ranger team records, and maybe break fatso’s as well!!!!!

  3. bigfaninshanda_ken says:

    Henrik is also a gentleman and a great ambassador for not only the Rangers but for all of hockey. Great team leader and all around good guy. Thank you Henry. We’ll always love you. NOW: BRING US THE CUP!!!!

  4. gsh says:

    Not to take anything away from Hank, as I feel he’ll deserve to have the wins record for the Rangers in the near future.
    I do think win totals from today’s current goalies will become skewed due to the accumulation of wins via the shoot-out. It would be interesting research project to see what the average win totals were pre-shoot-outs vs post-shoot-outs. It may not factor at all, but I would guess all goalies have seen their win totals increase by at least 4-5 a year.

  5. rob sahm says:

    would be awesome if he beats fatso,s records

  6. Dave says:

    gsh, that’s a valid point. I didn’t think of it that way. I’m sure someone out there has the stats regarding regulation/OT win vs. SO win for the past seven years.

    Just using last year as a basis, the Rangers had 47 ROW wins, compared to 51 total wins.

  7. gsh says:

    Dave, I did a little digging (on NHL.com) and found that top 2 goalies in shootouts are Brodeur, 42-21 and Hank, 41-27. That’s about 2 of Richter’s lesser seasons, or his amazing one in 94…
    I was surprised by that amount of SO wins but it does almost equate to 6 extra wins each season.

  8. Dave says:

    Thanks gsh, that’s interesting stuff. That’s about 1 1/3 seasons for Hank, based on his win totals.