Oct 26, 2013, 2:50 PM EST
Although he reiterated that if this was April he would be playing, the Rangers will instead give rookie Cam Talbot his second straight start. Talbot turned aside 25 of 27 shots against the Philadelphia Flyers in a 2-1 defeat on Thursday.
While it might not be April, these games matter to the Rangers. They are just 2-6-0 so far this season as they wrap up their painfully long nine-game road trip with a contest in Detroit. They will finally be allowed to make their home debut in the newly renovated Madison Square Garden on Monday.
The hope is that Lundqvist will be available for that game as, win or lose tonight, the Rangers attempt to put this rough stretch away from home behind them.
Meanwhile, the Rangers don’t have an update on Rick Nash‘s recovery from a concussion. That being said, it’s probably not a great sign that coach Alain Vigneault hasn’t even asked about Nash’s status in “four or five days.”
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- Seguin (concussion) cleared to play tonight 0
- Bylsma: Sharks are NHL’s best, ‘with all due respect to Chicago’ 87
- Will the Rangers use a compliance buyout on Richards? 9
- Malkin (lower body) to miss tonight’s game versus Sharks 20
- Flyers’ Couturier: ‘We’re starting to believe in ourselves’ 59
- Columbus puts Bobrovsky (groin) on IR, out 4-5 weeks 3
- The Chip ‘n’ Chase: Olympic odds, Russia’s defense, King Henrik’s new deal, Fire Cappy? and more 28
- With Lundqvist deal done, Sather faces tough questions 11
- King of New York: Rangers sign Lundqvist to seven-year, $59.5 million extension 42
- Bylsma: Sharks are NHL’s best, ‘with all due respect to Chicago’ (87)
- Flyers’ Couturier: ‘We’re starting to believe in ourselves’ (59)
- Lehtonen shines, Roussel agitates as Stars beat ‘Hawks (53)
- Video: Canucks’ Bieksa fights Rangers’ Boyle, then kicks Boyle’s helmet (52)
- King of New York: Rangers sign Lundqvist to seven-year, $59.5 million extension (42)