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New York Rangers: Team’s Confidence In Cam Talbot Helps Henrik Lundqvist

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Talbot has been waiting for his chance to prove himself at the NHL level for quite some time. This season, he finally got his opportunity to be the backup goaltender for New York Rangers and has shown no signs of giving it up so far.

Talbot boasts a record of 2-1 with a 1.96 GAA and a .929 SV percentage. His strong play in net has given head coach Alain Vigneault the confidence to rest star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on certain nights. Keeping Lundqvist fresh, especially during an Olympic year, is incredibly important to the Rangers’ long-term success this season.

By showing he is capable of winning games in tough environments (Talbot’s wins came on the road against Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders), Talbot is doing Lundqvist a huge favor.

Tonight will mark Talbot’s fourth career start in net as the Rangers are on the road to take on Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets boast a strong offense led by former Rangers Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov. This is the third game in four nights for the Rangers, who are coming off a win last night at the Garden vs. Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Rangers may be looking at another slow start tonight, something that has become a regular occurrence recently. If that’s the case, then the Blueshirts will need Talbot to stand tall in net and keep them in the game. So far, he has shown no reason to assume he won’t. Talbot looks like he’s up to the challenge.

Martin Burns covers New York Rangers hockey for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter (@martin_burns) for more thoughts and news on the Blueshirts as well as the rest of the NHL!