For the third-straight day, Henrik Lundqvist did not practice for the New York Rangers. Alain Vigneault made the announcement official today and Cam Talbot will be getting his first career NHL start on Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Talbot, 26, has been in the Rangers’ organization since 2010. He has posted average stats the past two years, but so far has excelled in the AHL. Out of his five starts, he has won four of them. During those starts, he has posted a 0.924 save percentage while giving up 2.49 goals a game. But now we will finally get to see Talbot in game action at the pro level. With the Rangers struggling so much on defense, Talbot is going to get tested a lot in his first start. Furthermore, with the Rangers struggling even more to score, he will most likely need to give up two goals or less in order for them to win.
Regarding Lundqvist, we still don’t know what his injury is. All we know is that whatever it is, it’s something “minor” and has been bugging him for about two weeks. Vigneault said he wants to make sure that they “nip this in the bud” so it doesn’t become a serious problem. Vigneault also said that if it were the playoffs, Lundqvist would be playing without a doubt. That is encouraging for fans and for Lundqvist.
The Rangers are going to be playing without four of their best players on Thursday night, including their best player in Lundqvist. If there was ever a time for Talbot to make a name for himself, Thursday is the night.