Alain 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.
Cam 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.
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:
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11:30AM: 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)