What to expect from Henrik Lundqvist today against Boston
Henrik Lundqvist has been out of action for 52 days. During that time he has missed 25 games, the longest stretch of his career without a doubt. Today, the King will return and as per Alain Vigneault, “I told him to go out, work hard and have fun.”
The head coach likely realizes that expectations should be tempered after such a long layoff. We all know Lundqvist is a gamer and even at 75% he’s likely better than 1/3 of the league’s goalies. Still, let’s look at what to look out for.
Timing – This will be the first thing to watch out for. His timing on saves and putting shots to the corner will need to be built up in game action. His reactionary saves will also not be as quick due to the layoff but should return quickly.
Puck Tracking – Henrik is absolutely elite in this category. His ability to find pucks through traffic is one thing, but just watching his steely stare on all shots is incredible. Being out of game action, it will take time to get this back to elite level.
Rebound Control – A key factor today will be his rebound control as I expect Boston to shoot from everywhere. Eating up pucks will likely come quicker than the other two because of the amount of rubber he will likely see.
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Be On The Look Out For
Trepidation – Lundqvist admitted that he had to get over the mental aspect of getting hurt again in practice.
Henrik will also be wearing a special piece of protective neck gear as well. This should help ease his mind.