Morning Skate Report: Talbot to Start Again; Zuccarello Back in Lineup

Oct 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) shoots the puck during the second period against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

In what should be seen as a little more indication that Henrik Lundqvist’s minor issue, is a little more serious, Steve Zipay reports that Cam Talbot will start again tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. No word on who will back up Talbot, as both Jason Missiaen and Lundqvist were out on the ice during the morning skate rotating, but I’m assuming Missiaen will back up Talbot once again.

Talbot looked impressive in his first NHL start, a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers as he stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced, and kept the Rangers in the game, when the offense couldn’t get going, and the defense was letting him down in spots.

Also returning to the lineup is Mats Zuccarello who was a healthy scratch Thursday against Philadelphia, in 7 games, Zuccarello has yet to register a point and is a -3.

Some shuffling done to the lines with the return of Zuccarello to the lineup, as Pat Leonard reported:

Kredier-Stepan-Richards
Pouliot-Brassard-Miller
Pyatt-Boyle-Dorsett
Zuccarello-D. Moore-Fast

Justin Falk will remain out of the lineup for the defensive side of things

Leonard also reports that he asked coach Alain Vigneault about the status of Rick Nash. Vigneault stated that he hasn’t asked about the status of Nash in 4-5 days, but hasn’t heard anything. Leonard also spoke to Lundqvist about his injury as well, and Lundqvist stated that it was slowly recovering, but he hopes to play Monday. Lundqvist is still up in the air on his status, but wants to have a full practice and see how he feels after that before deciding on what he’ll do.

Topics: Cam Talbot, Justin Falk, Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers, NHL

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