Read: Cam Talbot notes and post game comments

Cam TalbotCam Talbot stopped 26 Oiler shots last night to pick up his third shutout of the season and go to 8-3 on the road this season.

From the Rangers game notes, “Cam Talbot posted his third shutout of the season with a 26-save effort, and is now 12-6-0 overall with an 8-3-0 mark on the road this season. He improved to 5-3-0 with a 1.51 goals against average, .946 save percentage, and two shutouts in eight career games against Western Conference opponents. Talbot became the first Rangers goalie other than Henrik Lundqvist to have at least three shutouts in a season since Mike Dunham in 2002-03.”

On MSG last night, Talbot spoke with John Giannone:

  • On the team defense, “we played great right off the get go. Giving up three shots to a team with that much firepower in the first period was pretty impressive and I think two of them came from outside the blue line so we did a great job of shutting them down five on five and I think the only time they really got some chances was on the PP which moves the puck around pretty well so we did a great job of tracking back and taking away their odd man rushes and everyone collapsed to the front and cleared out the rebounds that were there. A great team effort.”

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Read: Why Cam Talbot wears 33

Cam Talbot told The Hockey News that his hockey inspiration growing up was Patrick Roy and he wears #33 to honor the current Avalanche coach. (The Hockey News)

Talbot said that he liked how Roy was a big game goalie and when it mattered he always stepped up to meet the challenge. Talbot said, “that was how I tried to model my game and step up whenever the game was on the line.” (The Hockey News)

Talbot starts tonight against the Oilers in Edmonton.

Read: Don’t expect to see much Cam Talbot coming up

Cam TalbotAlain Vigneault said on Saturday that he plans to ride Henrik Lundqvist down the stretch with the Rangers fighting for points in such a tight race.

Vigneault said, “Cam has played really well for us but Hank is our guy and if we are going to get in, everyone is winning, if we are going to get in it will be because of Hank playing like Hank.”

Talbot is 11-6 this season and last played on March 13th in a 2-1 loss in Minnesota.

Lundqvist may play every game down the stretch if that is what is needed for the Rangers to lock up a spot in the playoffs. (NY Post)

Per the NY Post, Lundqvist’s end of season workload has been:

  • 12-13: 23 of the last 24 games
  • 11-12: 11 of the last 12
  • 10-11: the final 26 games
  • 09-10: the final 17 and 25 of the final 26
  • 08-09: 27 of the final 29
  • 07-08: 22 of final 23
  • 06-07: 36 of final 37

The Rangers have a 95% chance of making the playoffs and finishing the season with a 5-5 record would still give them a 97% chance of making the playoffs.

News: Cam Talbot starting tomorrow

Cam TalbotCam Talbot will start tomorrow against the Minnesota Wild. (Rangers)

The Rangers have a back to back against Minnesota tomorrow and Winnipeg on Friday.

Talbot made his last start on 2/27 in a 2-1 win over Chicago. He stopped 31 of 32 shots in that game.

News: Henrik Lundqvist is sick and Cam Talbot will start tonight

Cam Talbot11:30AM: Alain Vigneault says that this is not a physical issue with Lundqvist and that he is in fact ill today. (Gross)

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)