New York Rangers‘ rookie goaltender Cam Talbot has been nothing short of impressive this 2013-14 NHL season. Not only is Talbot winning games, with a 9-3 record and a 1.66 goals against average, but for the most part of this season has actually outperformed starting goaltender, and 2011-12 Vezina Trophy winner, Henrik Lundqvist.
However, Lundqvist has been playing better of late and just pitched a shutout last game. Fans were wondering why would head coach Alain Vigneault start Talbot on Saturday in Ontario to face the Ottawa Senators? Well it turns out that Talbot is undefeated when starting on Saturdays. Whether Vigneault is superstitious or not, Talbot got the nod yesterday afternoon in Ottawa and after giving up an early goal, shut the door and helped secure a 4-1 Rangers’ victory over the Senators.
With that win, Talbot has now improved his Saturday start record to 6-0 with a goals against average of under one. Talbot is continuing to make a strong case that he should be a starting goaltender in the near future. Since the Rangers have Lundqvist locked up for the next seven seasons, Talbot can be a big trading piece for the Rangers.
Goaltending is very hard to come by so there will definitely be interest in Talbot from either bubble teams or teams who are rebuilding, resulting in lots of trade offers sent the Rangers’ way. In the meantime Talbot will continue to be the Rangers’ backup goaltender and hopefully keep up his great play, making the Rangers’ one-two punch in net one of the best in the NHL.