Puck Daddy: Lundqvist No. 2 Goalie in NHL

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Puck Daddy NHL blog, Henrik Lundqvist ranks as the second-best goalie in the NHL, right behind Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas.

Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski said the following about Lundqvist. “It paints to me as a Devils fan to acknowledge that Martin Brodeur is an average goaltender in 2011 and the Henrik Lundqvist is and has been the best goalie near the Hudson. But there you go.”

So far this season, The King has posted a 10-4-3 record with a 2.01 GAA and a .933 save percentage behind what some called a very spotty defense with the absence of Marc Staal. Wyshynski, to his credit, did say the blueline of the Rangers is “one of the most underrated defense corps in the NHL (when healthy).”

He called Lundqvist the “backbone” of the Rangers, which is definitely an understatement. Wyshynski, though, did point out what he thought was the knock against Lundqvist, which has been his playoff performance. At 15-20, Lundqvist has posted just a .909 save percentage, though many of those losses have been in very tight games due to mostly anemic offenses.

Lundqvist currently ranks No. 56 all-time with 223 wins, still just 29-years-old.

The Los Angeles KingsJonathan Quick was No. 3, while Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators rounding out the list.

Can’t really argue with the list. Obviously as a Ranger fan, I’m a bit biased. If I’m starting a team from scratch right now, I’m taking Lundqvist over Thomas. But Thomas has the ring, and Lundqvist doesn’t. 

I was happy to see both Roberto Luongo and Ryan Miller left off this list, as I think both are overrated, though I wouldn’t mind having either on my team.


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