Can the King keep his streak alive?
In my humble opinion, despite the absence of a Stanley Cup, Henrik Lundqvist is already the greatest goaltender ever to wear Ranger red white and blue. Likely to reach four hundred career wins with ease (health allowing), a legitimate chance at a Stanley Cup, and numerous additional Vezina’s, there won’t be much the superstar Swede won’t have achieved when all is said and done. His career is already proceeding at an unprecedented pace as a Ranger goaltender.
Right now, Lundqvist owns a pretty impressive NHL record. He is the first goaltender to win at least thirty games in seven seasons in a row to begin his NHL career. He’s been extending his own record for a season or two already. Here’s the food for thought: can he continue that impressive streak this year? Do you get a pass (aka an asterix next to your record) because of the shortened season?
In the grand scheme of things –should the Rangers go on to win a Cup– no one will care about a personal milestone, especially someone so focussed and intent on success as Lundqvist. However, with Marty Biron likely to see increased time due to the compressed schedule, the season likely being a 48 game sprint to the playoffs, and with the playing field unclear at this stage (which clubs are best prepared, which clubs will get off to better starts, etc) the Lundqvist record could be in jeopardy of coming to an end.
One thing is clear, if Lundqvist indeed manages to extend his record, the Rangers will have enjoyed a strong regular season and will have positioned themselves well for the playoffs. We can only hope that the record continues for a little while longer.