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Backup plan: Talbot out for Rangers in Game 1

Jun 4, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers won’t have their trusty backup available for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Cam Talbot, who came on in relief of Henrik Lundqvist in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final against Montreal, won’t be available for tonight’s series opener against the Kings. Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed the news during Wednesday’s pregame media availability; he didn’t specify what injury Talbot suffered, only saying the goalie’s status was “day-to-day.”

David LeNeveu, a 31-year-old journeyman, will dress as Lundqvist’s backup tonight. The former Coyotes and Blue Jackets netminder has dressed with the Rangers already this season — in late January, he sat as Talbot’s backup while Lundqvist sat out versus the Islanders with an illness.

LeNeveu went 12-8-2 with AHL Hartford this year, with a 2.46 GAA and .915 save percentage.

Talbot, who replaced Martin Biron as the backup in New York this year, had an excellent campaign going 12-6-1 with a 1.64 GAA and .941 save percentage.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    What the hell happened to Talbot?

  2. nybadger - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Kreider

  3. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Lol. Kreider one more time then and make it quick !!!!!

  4. nybadger - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I’m down with that, LGR!!!

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