With two games left before the Olympic break for the New York Rangers–Thursday at home against the Edmonton Oilers and Friday on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins–most would say that backup goalie Cam Talbot should start against the Oilers and then Henrik Lundqvist against the Penguins. In my opinion, however, this is the wrong way to go.
I believe it should be the other way around, with Lundqvist starting next game against the Oilers and then Talbot starting the last game before the Olympic break against the Penguins. This is because the Rangers need to keep getting points if they want to hold on to a playoff spot and even though the Oilers are dead last in the Western Conference, they are playing really well as of late and the Rangers cannot afford to look past them. A home game against the Oilers is a must win which is why Lundqvist should start that game.
No matter who is in net against the Penguins will most likely result in a loss. You can say I am being negative, but the Penguins are 15 points ahead of the Rangers for a reason. They have a better team and with them being the home team, the Rangers will have their work extremely cut out for them.
I believe starting Talbot against the Oilers could result in a letdown loss, since he has not played in a while due to Lundqvist being on fire in net, and then starting Lundqvist against the Penguins could very well result in a loss regardless because their high powered offense.
All in all, I don’t know about you, but I would rather get two points against the Oilers and sacrifice getting zero points in Pittsburgh than possibly getting no points in both games going into the Olympic break.
What do you think?