9/16/17 | 11:47AM: Lundqvist, on Friday, said about this change "I always like that mindset, not to focus on one number, that is the approach that I like. You need to feel it out and it's a long season and a lot of things happen and you need to go with the flow and sometimes you need more practice, it's hard to predict in November what is best for you in April. I agree with that approach and I look forward to playing as hard as I can and earning my minutes by playing well." (NYR)
9/15/17 | Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that he had spoken with Henrik Lundqvist and Benoit Allaire and that they won't be giving out a number or projecting out how many games Lundqvist will play this season.
Vigneault said that Lundqvist won't have a "set number of games" and that he will be in communication with Allaire and Lundqvist on a game to game basis.
Since Alain Vigneault took over as head coach, Lundqvist has started:
- 2016-17: 55 (Missed 7 games with a hip injury)
- 2015-16: 65
- 2014-15: 46 (Missed 24 games with that throat/neck injury)
- 2013-14: 63
Vigneault said that Lundqvist has come to camp lighter, fit and "younger looking."
He added that they will focus on how Lundqvist is feeling physically and mentally and "talk a little bit more and we will go that way this year and we think it's going to be better route for our team."
Adam Rotter: The Rangers have tried different tactics with Lundqvist over the past few years. They started him a ton early in the season last year to hopefully avoid his slow starts, they have set ideal numbers of starts for him and this is something else. I think Lundqvist will still end up in the 50 to 58 range for starts but the interesting thing will be how the players in front of him play. If the Rangers defend better, get the puck out quickly and spend more time in the offensive zone that will, also, hopefully ease the burden on Lundqvist and hopefully be another factor in keeping him fresh and healthy for the Rangers. The other factor when it comes to Lundqvist and the number of starts is how Ondrej Pavelec plays and if they feel they can win when he is out there. The Rangers have had very good success with their backups the past few years and I am sure they feel confident that Pavelec can handle the load for 20-25 games. If not the Rangers will have to go in another direction and find someone who can help Henrik Lundqvist.