At the start of the 2013-14 NHL season, Cam Talbot and the brass of the New York Rangers probably didn’t expect Cam Talbot to be stealing away starts from Henrik Lundqvist. That appears to be what’s happening right now though, and it’s tough to argue with head coach Alain Vigneault’s choice to roll with the 26-year-old backup right now.
After getting the victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, Talbot was the first goalie off the ice this morning during New York’s practice, which indicates that he’ll be starting tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.
Talbot first goalie off ice. Looks as if he will start
— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) December 2, 2013
Talbot made 35 saves against the Canucks, and his effort looked even better since it came hot on the heels of a Lundqvist loss. “King” played against the Boston Bruins on Friday, but couldn’t come up with the W.
While Talbot isn’t going to become the defacto No. 1 goalie in New York any time soon, he might see more starts than usual if he continues to play well. He’s 6-1-0 on the year and has only given up 11 goals all season long. Talbot’s 1.49 GAA is outstanding, as is his .944 save percentage.
Tack on two shutouts, and it’s easy to see why Vigneault could roll out Talbot more often over the next few weeks as the Blueshirts try to find a way to score more goals.