Unlike the New York Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist figures to be a complimentary piece for Team Sweden instead of literally the only way they can win games. That being said, if Lundqvist plays like he’s capable of playing the Swedes are in business. If he struggles, well, I think we know what happens when a goalie doesn’t play well in a tournament.
Here’s what Lundqvist said about appearing in the tournament, from NHL.com:
"I'm excited. I think it's going to be a great tournament. Any time you play for your country it's a very special feeling. I still don't know yet how it's going to feel compared to the Olympics, just have to play and see. It's how it started for me, watching the national team play. It's always been very special to put that jersey on, and you're extremely proud every time you do it. The big thing too is you get to play against the best players, kind of like in an Olympic tournament. I'm looking forward to it."
Team Sweden Goalies
Jhonas Enroth, Toronto Maple Leafs
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Come on, what did you expect?
First Game: Sept. 18, Team Sweden vs. Team Russia, 12 p.m. PT, ESPN