After sitting out Sweden’s first pre-tournament game of the World Cup on Thursday, a 3-2 overtime loss to Finland, Henrik Lundqvist is going to get the start on Saturday when the two teams meet again.
He is expected to play the entire game on Saturday after being a healthy scratch on Thursday and watching Jakob Markstrom and Jhonas Enroth split the game.
Lundqvist has been a regular in the Sweden crease in each of the past three Olympics — including on the 2006 Gold Medal winning team and the 2014 Silver Medal winning team — and will once again be the go-to-guy in this tournament.
The combination of Lundqvist, still one of the game’s elite goalies, and a loaded defense that might be one of the best in the tournament should make Sweden one of the toughest teams in the tournament to score against.
Even at age 34 Lundqvist really hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down and is coming off of another great season for the New York Rangers. He topped a .920 save percentage for the seventh year in a row, something no other goalie in the league has done over that same stretch. Given the state of the Rangers’ defense last season he was probably the biggest reason the team had the regular season success that it did.