Bad news for the New York Rangers, as the team won’t have their backup goalie available for use in Wednesday’s Stanley Cup Final Game 1.
Cam Talbot, who proved invaluable in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals in relief of starter Henrik Lundqvist, will not be available for the Rangers in the series opener against the Los Angeles Kings.
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault didn’t specify the injury that has sidelined Talbot, but mentioned that he’s currently “day-to-day”
31-year-old veteran David LeNeveu will serve as Lundqvist’s backup tonight in place of Talbot. LeNeveu has spent time with the Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets, and dressed only once this season, as he was used as Talbot’s backup when Lundqvist missed a game due to illness.
LeNeveu spent time in Harford of the AHL this season, going 12-8-2, with a .915 save percentage and 2.46 GAA. In comparison, Talbot played fantastically as a backup this season for New York, with a 1.64 GAA, .941 save percentage, as well as going 12-6-1.
The 26-year old Talbot went undrafted after being named to the All-College Hockey America Second Team after the 2009-2010 season. The Rangers went on to sign Talbot in March 2010, and promoted him to the team in February 2011, after spending the most of the season between ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors and AHL’s Connecticut Whales.
[h/t: Pro Hockey Talk]
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