Greenburgh, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault announced that goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will miss Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers because of an unspecified injury and will not be available as backup either.
With this, 26-year-old Cam Talbot will get the first NHL start of his career. He was brought up from the AHL last week after the team waived Martin Biron.
According to Vigneault, Lundqvist (2-4-0, 3.45 GAA) has been dealing with the injury for the past 10 days but indicated that it was not serious.
“If this would’ve been a playoff game, he’d probably would have been playing,” Vigneault said. “It’s something that’s day-to-day that we think we can nip it in the bud. It may take a day or maybe two, but it’s something he should be able to turn the page on and won’t hear about it anymore.”
Lundqvist recorded his first shutout of the season with a strong performance against the Washington Capitals last Wednesday, but faltered against New Jersey this past weekend. The 31-year-old netminder surrendered four goals in the team’s 4-0 loss to New Jersey.
The Rangers will have a chance to see what they have in Talbot, who surpassed Biron for the backup position just last week. Jason Missiaen will be recalled to serve as backup goaltender.
“I’m confident he’s going to play well,” Vigneault said of Talbot. “I’m hoping our guys rally around this young man. … It’s a moment he’ll remember for the rest of his life.”
Talbot, who played three years of collegiate hockey at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, is 4-0-1 with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) this season with goals against average of 2.49 and a .924 save percentage.
“I’ve been waiting a long time for this, working toward this, so I’ll be ready if I get the call,” Talbot said. “I’m extremely excited. It’s every kid’s dream growing up playing hockey, to get a chance to play the NHL. I can’t wait until that time comes.”