After today's practice, Alain Vigneault announced that while Henrik Lundqvist will get the start tomorrow night against the Avalanche, Cam Talbot will start one of the final two games before the Olympic break.
Those two games are Thursday against the Oilers and Friday at Pittsburgh.
...if I were a betting man, I'd put all my money on Talbot starting vs. the Oilers.
Vigneault added that because he expects Lundqvist to get a large Olympic workload, Talbot will be counted on in March.
Vigneault is hoping Talbot will end up with around 20 appearances this season. Talbot currently has 16 up until this point.
After the Olympic break, the Rangers have one game in February, 16 in March and 6 in April.
...so it looks like the post Sochi breakdown will be about twelve starts for Lundqvist and five for Talbot in February and March. Obviously, unless the Rangers have a playoff spot and seed locked up going into the final month of the season (doubtful), Lundqvist will likely get all six April starts.
...the hectic March schedule makes Talbot's presence this season that much more important. The Rangers playoff aspirations would be severely hampered if they were forced to solely lean on Lundqvist down the stretch after a large Olympic workload.
My guess:, Talbot is eligible to start between 7-8 more games, depending on how liberal you are with his starts. I say he should be considered for Feb 6th (EDM), March 1 (PHI), March 14 (WPG), March 21 (CBJ)/ or NJ the next day, March 23 (CGY), March 30 (EDM), and April 8 and 10 (CAR & BUF, respectively)
Not that in really means anything, but a few different sites (Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report) picked Sweden as their prediction for the Gold, which would obviously equate to a lot of work, and a lot of emotions, for Hank.
Man, Hank has two tough opponents before the break with Colorado and Pittsburgh. If we could get 4+ points out of these last 3 I would be very happy heading into the olympic break. By the way, if the last game of the season is to make the playoffs aren't you kind of forced to play Talbot? Its in the House of Horrors... That would be very very interesting, and knowing the Rangers of course that game will be very very important.
Don't disagree, but with a ton of injuries they may not be the powerhouse thy were considered a couple weeks ago. Also don't think a goalie that has ever started for their country and won gold, has then won the cup in the same year. But there is a first time for everything I guess
look at Mackinnon... Kid is a stud. Will be a top center in the league
@johnAMIRANTESrug They just said he is going to. However, Talbot is very entertaining to watch, as well, not to mention that the team generally plays better in front of Talbot.
@KreiderisTheChosenOne No way you go Talbot in that game. That's like leaving Gaborik on the bench during the shootout with the season on the line and going with Jokinen.
Thats true. If Franzen, Sedin and Zetterberg all can't play, that greatly hurts their chances, but I'd expect at least 1 of those 3 to pull it together, probably more. They also are probably in the easiest of the 3 pools, which could give them an easier road once the elimintation games begin.