Cam Talbot will start against the Blackhawks on Thursday. (Rangers)
Derek Dorsett may play on Thursday but the team may also call up another forward from Hartford as insurance. (Rangers)
12:46PM: Alain Vigneault will determine the goaltender schedule for Thursday and the next few games after he chats with Henrik Lundqvist tomorrow. (Steve Zipay)
Vigneault said that the concern isn’t the amount of games that Lundqvist played but instead the travel from Sochi. (Rangers)
1:23pM: Cam Talbot spoke with the media today after Rangers practice:
11:24AM: Henrik Lundqvist will NOT be the back up goalie tonight. The team is calling someone up. (Steve Zipay)
10:47AM: The team expects Lundqvist to be well enough to back up Talbot tonight. (Gross)
10:38AM: Henrik Lundqvist is ill today and Cam Talbot will start for the Rangers against the Islanders. (Katie Strang)
It is not known if Lundqvist will backup tonight.
The team has another goalie on the ice this morning. (Andrew Gross)
This was the FIRST time this season that Kreider seemed to play with Talbot’s mask, moving him from side to side, before and after the kiss and ending with a facewash.
Talbot said that he enjoys watching Lundqvist when he is at his best and knows that when Henrik is on his game the Rangers are a tough team to beat. (Ranger Rants)
He added that he looks up to Lundqvist for advice and leadership during certain situations and that he tries to study Lundqvist’s habits on and off the ice. Talbot said that it’s a good situation for him to learn from one of the best. (Ranger Rants)
When it comes to preparing for games, Talbot says that he works mostly with Benoit Allaire but Lundqvist also helps out with some pointers and things he has seen. He added sometimes it’s better not to know too much heading into a game against a new team because you don’t want to focus on something that they may do and then get beat when they do another. (Ranger Rants)
Talbot last played on 1/4 against the Leafs. He stopped 25 of 26 shots in that game.
On the season, Talbot is 9-3 with a .938 save percentage and a 1.66 GAA.
Alain Vigneault said yesterday that “if he was a betting man” Cam Talbot would get one of the two games the Rangers have this weekend, Saturday afternoon in Ottawa or Sunday night against Washington.
Vigneault said that there is a temptation to ride Henrik Lundqvist since he is playing at a high level but that they need to be smart and spread the minutes.
He added that the Rangers have two good goalies that the organization has confidence in, “one is a proven veteran goalie that we will use more but the young goalie has proven he can play.”
Talbot last played on 1/4 against the Leafs. He stopped 25 of 26 shots