Read: Needing to play in front of Henrik the same way that they play in front of Cam

Cam TalbotFollowing the Rangers win over Toronto, Derick Brassard said on MSG that when Henrik Lundqvist was in net for the Rangers, the team in front of him played looser and gave up more scoring chances.

Brassard said that the Rangers need to play the same way in front of Lundqvist that they do in front of Cam Talbot. He added, “Henrik is our best player and he will be huge for the rest of the season.”

With Lundqvist in net, the Rangers allow about 27 shots per game and with Talbot in net, the Rangers allow 24 shots against per game.

Adam Rotter: While it does seem like the Rangers play a more structured and better defensive game with Talbot in goal, that isn’t the cause of Henrik Lundqvist’s struggles. It may be a small part, but the issue with Lundqvist is that he isn’t making all of the saves that he is used to making. If better defense can cut down on a few of those chances, it would help, but it ultimately falls on the Rangers franchise player to make the saves that we expect him to make.




4 comments
Ryan Kaye
Ryan Kaye

Lundqvist definitely needs to make the routine saves he is expected to make, and he needs to stop playing the puck.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

I only partially agree with you Adam. Honestly the opportunities teams get playing against Lundqvist are much better than they see when playing against Talbot. I will agree Lundqvist isn't making saves he normally does and has looked rough in net at times, but the Rangers play such a loose game in front of him that it doesn't help him to settle down. The shots may be similar but the shot quality is not. I'm not saying Lundqvist doesn't need to be better, he does, but the Rangers also need to play better in front of him and then and only then will they be the formidable team they expect to be,

Puck Luck
Puck Luck

I couldn't agree with you more. The Rangers D play differently in the net zone when Hank is in net. The net zone is an L shape that cuts across the crease. This is the area where many goals against Hank are scored due to lackidasical defenseman thinking Hank is a brick wall. Now his confidence has taken a hit and he needs a few wins in a row to gain it back. They play much more sound with Talbot back there and I don't get why leave your franchise goalie out to dry. When Torts was here the team packed it in inside the slot and protected the net zone. Now with AV and his man to man overload coverage. If a Defender or forward gets beat 1 on 1 then Hank is left on an Island like Revis. Time for a full 60 mins of tight checking hockey. Hard on the puck and no pucks should be left laying around either zone. Get on it hard and in the D zone take time and space from your opponent. Give them nothing but take everything.

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