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Lundqvist out vs. Philly, Talbot to make NHL debut

Oct 23, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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The “minor issue” that’s kept Henrik Lundqvist out of practice this week is more major than first thought.

On Wednesday, the Rangers announced that Lundqvist would miss Thursday’s game in Philadelphia, paving the way for 26-year-old Cam Talbot to make his NHL debut against the Flyers.

“[Lundqvist] is not playing tomorrow,” Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault told the New York Daily News. “Cam’s going tomorrow. I’ve already told him today at practice. [Lundqvist] is not going to be the backup either.

“If this would have been a playoff game, he’d probably be playing. It’s something that’s day-to-day that we think we can nip it in the bud. It might take one more day, maybe two, but it’s something he should be able to turn the page on and you won’t hear about it anymore.”

Vigneault added Lundqvist’s injury is “something he’s had for, I want to say, maybe 10 days. But it wasn’t anything significant. He played real well in Washington, and it acted up a little bit after the Jersey game.”

As for Talbot, Thursday’s start marks the latest in his unlikely ascension from the University of Alabama-Huntsville. An undrafted free agent, he signed with the Rangers in 2010 and spent three years grooming in the AHL.

The 2012-13 campaign marked Talbot’s finest at the professional level, as he finished 25-28-1 with a 2.63 GAA and .918 save percentage with the Whale.

Talbot’s backup with be Jason Missiaen. The pair got into the mix after the Rangers placed Martin Biron on waivers last week — after clearing, he opted to retire rather than report to the American League.

  1. cantstandstupid - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    When I first saw this, I was excited since I thought, “At least I don’t have to see Hank pitch a shutout against the Flyers.” I’ve had enough of that over the last 2 seasons. But then I thought, “what if this rookie gets a shutout?” I think that may be a bit worse…UGH!

    • mcphillthy - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Haha. That’s the first thing I said. ‘Great! We are gonna get shut out by some rookie’. Good time to be a flyers fan, huh?! Lol

      • 950003cups - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Who’s this new goalie on the Rangers my neighbors were talking about? I think they said his name was Yank Bupkis

    • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Yeah I thought we were getting a break when Mike Smith was out, then Greiss almost put up 40 saves… so I’m withholding judgement on whether this is good news til after this game.

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Those beach balls might not make it into the back of the net now!

    Stay puft, Henry. Stay puft. Get well soon.

  3. 950003cups - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    I gotta see this game! As much as I hate those rangers, I love watching the new breed of goalies show their stuff!

    I’ve seen him in preseason, and this kid is not bad. I dont see tonights match up giving up more than 2 goals. Usually defensemen seem to play a lot cleaner when they know they don’t have a reliable goalie.

    I’m rooting for this kid! If he surrenders one goal on 50 shots and Flyers win 1-0, I’ll be thrilled. This way All my 4 top interests are protected.

    1) Devils don’t fall behind in points.
    2) Rangers suffer a loss like we have been.
    3) the new goalie puts on a show
    4) Rangers lose

  4. c1md6 - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Lundqvist has been Swiss cheese since the pads got smaller and he lost the defensive system that bolstered his state for years

  5. stakex - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    With the way both these teams are playing its going to end up being a 0-0 game that goes to a 20 round shootout before a puck finally goes in…

    • barkar942 - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      No. It will be a 20-20 tie after regulation, then it will take 20 rounds before someone doesn’t score to lose the game!

      • stakex - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        One or the other……

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