To this point in the season, Cam Talbot has been a road warrior for the New York Rangers. The 26-year-old has appeared in seven contests so far this season, and he hasn’t hit the ice to play in front of the home town fans once. That will change this afternoon when the Rangers take on the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden.
Talbot starts today. First home start for Cam.
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) November 30, 2013
Despite getting rolled out away from home constantly, Talbot has been outstanding so far for New York. He has two shutouts (including one in his last start, which was November 23 against the Nashville Predators) to go along with a stellar .944 save percentage and a glowing 1.41 GAA.
Typical No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist was handed a tough 3-2 loss by the Boston Bruins last evening, opening the door for Talbot to get the nod against his head coach’s former team in the Canucks.
Whenever these two squads meet, there will be a different level of intrigue based on the fact that the franchises swapped coaches during the offseason. Vancouver has been struggling to put winning efforts together since the calendar rolled over to November, and has won only two of its last nine.
New York is clipping along at a decent enough level with three wins in its last five outings.