New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is one of the best players to ever represent the Blueshirts. In fact, King Henrik could arguably be one of the best goalies in the history of the NHL. But, is he the best goalie in the Rangers opening playoff series against the Montréal Canadiens?
Carey Price is one of the league’s most dynamic goaltenders in this decade. In 55 career playoff games, the 29-year-old goalie has produced five shutout games and a .913 save percentage. Price has been consistent for the Canadiens and could create a goaltending battle with the Rangers’ Lundqvist. The 35-year-old goalie has played in twice as many playoff games as Price, producing 10 shutout games and a .922 save percentage.
Price could be looking for redemption in this series as Price has a history with this Rangers’ squad in the postseason. Back in 2014, the Blueshirts battled the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals. New York’s Chris Kreider fell and crashed into Price, leading to a game exiting injury and an exit from the playoffs for the Canadiens. The Rangers went on to lose to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals.
This series will be decided by the performance of each team’s respective goalie. Lundqvist will always be one of the best goalies, but with younger guys like Price coming up the ranks, is he slowly turning over the crown?
In order for New York to win, Lundqvist must stay consistent and perform the way he has in past playoff series. Lundqvist’s performance could be the deciding factor in how long this series will be and who will come out on top. However, no matter what the outcome, the chance to see two of the greatest goalies to ever step on the ice is thrilling.
The Rangers lead the series against the Canadiens 1-0 and continue their battle in Montréal Friday night at 7:00 pm on MSG.