Henrik Lundqvist to be healthy backup tonight

December 11, 2016, by
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

After Antti Raanta pitched a shutout on Friday night in Chicago, Alain Vigneault is going to ride the hot hand and start Raanta tonight in New Jersey. Henrik Lundqvist, who has struggled to start the season, will be the backup for the second straight game. This will be the first time since 2013 that Lundqvist will be the healthy backup for two straight games.

Most people, like myself, have no problem with riding the hot hand. Raanta has been great, and Hank has not been comfortable in net. It’s perfectly fine to let him work on things and get comfortable. The major source of controversy is that the coaching staff seems to pick and choose accountability situations.

There is no goalie controversy in New York. Hank is still the starter and will carry the workload. Raanta is getting extra games while he is hot.

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  1. Al Dugan says:

    Before anyone comments, I recommend reading the December 2nd, 2013 post listed right above this section. Then read the comments. Cut and paste to your hearts desire. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. I’m not worried. Give HL a few days at home with Benoit Allaire and all will be good. Long way to go in the season, and this compressed schedule has been crazy for everyone.

    The only worrying thing for me right now is that our Division has been lights out recently. CBJ demolished the Icelanders last night on the second of B2B. Caps still cranking and so our the Pens. NYR have 10 games coming in the next 18 days, 5 home 5 away, 8 out of 10 against quality opponents. 20 points out there, 15 would be decent return. Going to need HL to turn it on.

    • Hockey Sittoo says:

      I agree with you. Only thing I don’t like right now are AV’s comments. I have always liked AV and generally like his decisions. But I was literally stunned today at how dismissive he was about Hank. It seems really strange to me that he didn’t even try to say Hank’s the #1 or we all know what he means to the team yada yada. Instead it was just I don’t give a shit about Hank… A little honey with the bitter pill might have been a good idea to forestall the crazy media and fan speculation that the King has been officially dethroned. Unless of course that was his intent…

      • Al Dugan says:

        He said all of those things pre game on Friday. As they say on the cop shows, “nothing to see here, move along.”

  2. Richter1994 says:

    I wonder why Ranger fans don’t put other Ranger players under the microscope like Henrik. Especially since he’s certainly not the reason why they don’t have a Cup.

    I guess when the offense was scoring less than 2 goals per playoff game that was on the goalie too.

    • Axel says:

      Finally I find another Rangers fan who I agree with. Thank you for this post, I had almost lost all my hope for Nyr fans.

      But I feel hank has been soo good for so long that its Okey too hate on him when he is not always winning every game or never let in a bad goal or has a weaker period. Too me the problem isnt only on Hank for all the games he has lost, our dzone play has been alot worse with hank in goal then with Raanta and that cant be hanks fault. If I remember correctly they have done 5 own goals on Hank in games. I guess they are on Hank too.

      • Richter1994 says:

        It’s ok to criticize but where are they when he steals game after game after game when it counts? You don’t hear from the haters then, and that’s what I take objection to.

        Plus, I would like the Hank Haters to name me when HE cost the Rangers the playoffs or the Cup? He’s put the Rangers in the position to succeed ever since he came into the league. Plus stats and facts never are in the conversation, it’s just easier to hammer him without basis.

        And yet, a player like Girardi who has been so bad for so long and creates chances for opponents left and right gets a consistent pass.

        • Stevessei am not a Hank hater. I just believe that he has lost his confidence and has to work it out says:

          I am not a Hank hater, but I believe he has lost some confidence in his game. Hopefully (and in the past) he will make the necessary adjustments. Right now you have to play the hot hand and visually and statistically, Raanta is the better goalie. This bodes well for the rest of the season.
          As far a Girardi’s getting a pass, I’m sure if there were a better backup, he would sit. Right now he is not the worst of the defenseman.

          • Richter1994 says:

            If you look at the charts then you will see that Henrik is not good in Dec, it’s been that way his whole career. as a matter of fact he’s “bad” in Dec for his career.

            Again, I have zero problem with Raanta playing now, it’s beneficial to Raanta, the team, and for Henrik in the long run. But long term this season? It’s Henrik or bust.

            Girardi is going to play, AV won’t sit him even if he should. But top pair minutes? No way. At least put him on a lower pair if he has to play.

      • Al Dugan says:

        I can only speak for myself here, but I’m certainly not hating on him in the least. He’s had a tough stretch including the goal from beyond the redline, some overcommits, some not so great and untimely goals. It’s a spell of some below average tending. Again, read that story from 3 years ago and the comments and know how it all turned out.

        Same thing is happening again. BTW, it was condensed schedule back then.

        • Richter1994 says:

          Look at the article that Hockey Sitto posted yesterday. It shows Henrik’s career graph where his play is worse in Dec than any other month of the season.

          So guess what? Everyone relax as when the calendar turns to 2017 then the King’s game picks up.

          The rest now will benefit him down the road. Besides, he’s already played a lot of hockey playing in that stupid World Cup.

  3. Hockey Sittoo says:

    Well this is interesting – per NHL: Lundqvist has more wins (34) and shutouts (eight), and has the lowest GAA (1.90 GAA) in his NHL career against New Jersey than any NHL opponent.

    Think AV knows that? 🙄😑

  4. Al Dugan says:

    And he probably knows that HL lost 3/4 to the Devil’s last year. (Even though I don’t put W/L’s on goalies. ).

    I like recency. Hockey is streaky. Ride hot until it cools.

    • Hockey Sittoo says:

      Streaky applies to a body of work as well. It’s like Halak against the Rangers or Antti in Chicago. Hank clearly plays well against his closest rival. Should have given him the chance to respond here with a big game. If he tanks, go back to Antti against Chicago.

      • Al Dugan says:

        Raanta plays well IN THAT BUILDING. Not against CHI. No offense, but of all the things AV has done, this one makes the most sense in the short term.

        And the Jooris thing was an easy decision. He dropped down the depth chart like a stone after the play of Hrivak, Lindberg and Jensen. Plus, with Domi out, ARI needed someone who could come in and play at their level. They found such a player.

        • Reenavipul says:

          Correlation is not causality Raanta was on a cup winning team the whole stretch. He was not why they won a lot of games.

  5. amy says:

    I see the same matchup tomorrow night the game is on NBCSN have a good day