Will Henrik Lundqvist return to form?

January, 3, 2014
Jan 3
As we close the book on the first half of the NHL season, we looked at the 10 big questions for the NHL in 2014.

One that's of particular interest to Rangers fans: Will Henrik Lundqvist return to form?

One has to imagine that Alain Vigneault felt some sense of relief coming to New York, knowing he was leaving the neverending goalie controversy in Vancouver behind.

Who could have possibly guessed that he'd be confronted with more questions in net when he took the job behind the bench in New York?

Though Lundqvist has been the Rangers' most dependable, consistent and remarkable performer in recent years, he has not been playing like it this season. The 2012 Vezina Trophy winner is going through the most difficult stretch of his career, forcing Vigneault to give 26-year-old backup netminder Cam Talbot more starts than anticipated, despite the seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension given to Lundqvist earlier this month. Though the 31-year-old Swede has recorded two straight wins for the Blueshirts, his numbers remain a concern. His 12-15-2 record with a 2.70 goals-against average and .908 save percentage is one clear reason the Rangers have been stuck in neutral through the first half of the season.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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