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Lundqvist doesn’t think he’ll be at his best when season starts

Jan 9, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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Henrik Lundqvist has arguably never had a bad season and while the upcoming campaign might not be the exception, it wouldn’t shock him if it took him some time to find his groove.

The New York Rangers goaltender didn’t play in Europe during the work stoppage and he won’t get to participate in any exhibition contests before the season starts. With that in mind, rust could be a factor.

“To reach your top limit, I think you need a couple [preseason] games,” he said, according to Newsday. “You can’t expect yourself to go out and play your absolute best if you haven’t played for eight months. You get a week or something, but no games, so it’s definitely going to be a challenge.

“I’m not going to lie, I don’t feel great out there . . . I’m going to put pressure on myself to get back as soon as possible, but at the same time, you need to have a little patience, too. I don’t think my game’s going to be perfect right away.”

The players that found work during the lockout might be at an advantage early on and we might be in for some high scoring games as many goaltenders in particular adjust on the fly.

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  1. islesjb - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    HA! What a chump- Meanwhile Dipietro is ready to roll!

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-01-08/nhl-schedule-rick-dipietro-injury-history-contract-islanders-brooklyn-training-c?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=jessespector

    We all know who the best goalie in New York is

    • bcsteele - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      I’m a Blues fan so take this as an unbiased comment….

      I hope you’re being sarcastic because you’re simply out of your mind if you think Dipietro is going to somehow out play Lundqvist. Hell, Dipietro will probably get hurt AGAIN, especially with a shortened more intense campaign.

      • islesjb - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Yes… was laying on the sarcasm pretty thick

    • barkar942 - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Too funny, islesjb.
      Now, on a more serious note, the youthful Islanders may surprise a lot of people in a short season. They have, for the past couple of seasons, started pretty well but faded as the season progressed. If Rick does stay healthy, they could have two strong goalies and quite a few guys that can score. They may be the biggest surprise of all this shortened season!

      • islesjb - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        bakar I agree- the isles have a great core of young players and more solid p[ayers who could be called up from the AHL and various other leagues, so a run at the playoffs is not out of the question. The Isles have been subject to cold streaks that bury their season (usually in November for some reason) so if they can avoid that, they could be in business.

        If Visnosky doesn’t report, there defense could be what keeps them out of the playoffs (they’re thin to begin with). Also, as the article mentions, RDP looked absolutely atrocious in the few games he played last year so hopefully he can turn it around and Nabokov can stay healthy

  2. challer9 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Well, the good thing about Lundqvist is that even when he isn’t at his best he’s still better than 75 percent of the goalies in the NHL.

  3. hy3rid28 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Really? So will the other 20 something goalies that didnt play somewhere else.

  4. ironcity6pak - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    One of the greatest goalies in the game, he knows he will be fine. He’s just down playing his game. It’s going to take all players some time to get up to speed, except for the Habs that is lol.

  5. nikolainyr - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    The King will be just fine. At the Sandy Relief charity game, he made 56 saves and was driving team Hartnell nuts (in a no defense shinny game). Scott himself said the Rangers probably wish they were back already.
    All he needs is true competition and he’ll have his edge back. He’s just trying to lower expectations because after winning a Vezina with a .937 save percentage, he needs to do that.

  6. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    It’s okay. Tukka will be on fire ;)

  7. nykingfan - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Great goaltender, but just shut up and play!
    I don’t know of many goaltenders who were able to play during the lockout. Everyone’s going thru the same thing. Suck it up and do the best you can for your team. If you suck and your team doesn’t make the playoffs, nobody’s going to want to hear the excuses.

  8. 16marusr - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Topically NYR player… GO WILD!!!!

  9. mclovinhockey - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    I hope he has a bad year… If not i think the rangers may be near impossible to beat.
    Lets not forget how the rangers always burn out toward the end of the year and how great they do in shortened seasons

    • challer9 - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      What are you talking about? The last time there was a shortened season (1995-95) they went 22-23-3. Not that it matters anyway, no one is on the team from 18 years ago.

  10. fortwaynekomets - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    neither do I!

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