Staal Sits Out Practice With Foot Injury; Talbot to Start in Nashville

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.953713!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/alg-marc-staal-celebrates-jpg.jpgMarc Staal sat out today's practice after taking a shot off his right foot last night in Dallas.

According to Pat Leonard at the Daily News, Staal was seen limping down the hallway back to the locker room after the game.

Staal says the results of x-rays were negative and that it's nothing more than a bruise.

Staal is expected to play tomorrow night in Nashville.

…Staal has had a bit of an uneven start to the season. He started off red hot, then faded and has now turned it around again. With the bottom of the defensive pairs a concern, losing Staal would be a blow to a defensive unit which struggled mightily last night.

…and I hate to pile on Del Zotto, but the Rangers defense was pretty stellar prior to last night allowing just three goals in the previous three games without the embattled defenseman in the lineup. If Staal does have to miss some time both Falk and Del Zotto will be forced into action, which isn't an ideal situation.

Meanwhile, Alain Vigneault has announced that Cam Talbot will start tomorrow against the Predators.

…while I'd love to see Lundqvist right back on the horse after his heroics in Dallas, the Rangers began a seven game in 11-day stretch last night, so AV needs to get Talbot some action to keep Hank fresh.

…i also love Vigneault having the confidence to go with Talbot against a tough Western Conference squad instead of saving him for some of the bottom dwellers the Rangers will play during this demanding part of the schedule.

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