This Rangers team needs something, make that anything, to get them jump started this season. A big goal. A big hit. Or perhaps a backup goaltender making his first NHL start.
When Cam Talbot skates out to his crease in Philadelphia for the first time in an NHL game tonight, you have to assume there's going to be a little more juice in the Rangers players, who will be trying to help make the kid's first NHL experience a memorable one.
Here's Alain Vigneault...
“I’m confident he’s going to play well. By playing well, I’m hoping our players are going to rally round this young man, his first opportunity to play an NHL game. It’s a moment he’ll remember the rest of his life. Hopefully, there will be many good ones after.”
Brad Richards reiterated that sentiment...
"We want to make his first game a memorable one. No better place for him to go in than Philly. Hopefully, he'll give us some new energy."
Talbot also hopes his first NHL start will spark his teamates...
"The energy's been great (at practice). The guys will rally around me. We've got a great group of guys here. They're obviously going to know it's my first game, so I think they're going to be working a little extra hard for me and I'll be doing the same for them."
...i really think this start from Talbot comes at the perfect time. An uninspired almost disinterested Rangers team has now been given some motivation, while facing an offensively inept Philly team. Sounds like the perfect scenario to me.
...unfortunately, that can all be undone if Talbot allows the emotion of his first start get the best of him. Hopefully, the experience he gained in the preseason will allow him to settle down, relax and let the game come to him.
...plus he's wearing a Ghostbusters inspired mask. He can't lose.
Y'know, as a goalie mom myself, I can't wait to see him skate out. No less love for The King. The last time my son played it was the HS state championship finals on Devils' ice. Definitely not the same, but it's still something special to see your kid skate into that crease and play...
You keep insinuating the Flyers are an inept team (and I wish its true) but let's not forget that they are a desperate team too, and they are most likely looking at this game and the Rangers as inept, and an opportunity to turn things around for them. The loser of this game may really need to shake things up.
With his mask, if Talbot does well tonight, I can see NHL network or the internet memes tomorrow "Who Ya Gonna Call?! CAM TALBOT!"
If this team doesn't show up tonight for a goalie playing his first nhl game against the worst team in the NHL, they never will....
@MikeBlue They are inept, but you're 100% correct.
@L33tle Nemo Damn you stole my line for tonight's recap!!!!!!