In a move not likely to surprise anyone, Alain Vigneault announced today that Cam Talbot will get the start in Edmonton tomorrow night.
…Lundqvist has had a huge workload recently, so this is a good spot to get him so rest. As we’ve seen all season, Talbot is more than capable of securing two points in a big spot, so I have all confidence in the world in the backup goaltender. Although, if the Rangers need to rely on Talbot to defeat the Oilers, we might be in for a bumpy last few weeks of the season.
In much more shocking news, Dan Carcillo replaced J.T. Miller in the lineup during practice today. Carcillo skated on the top line with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash.
Martin St. Louis was back on his natural right side, as he was bumped down to the third line with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin.
AV said he’s 75% sure he’s going with these new lines tomorrow in Edmonton.
…for the most part, I’ve felt AV has done an outstanding job with the lineup this season, especially after being subjected to the constant line juggling under Tortorella, but this move is baffling to say the least. Did Miller miss the net on a couple of, as AV likes to say, “grade A chances” last night? Sure. And was he a liability defensively a points during the game? Absolutely. But he was far from being the only one making those errors (Did you see Nash on the Giordano’s goal?). Plus he was aggressive looking for his shot and created more offensive chances than Nash and St. Louis combined.
…i never felt that the constant back and forth between Manhattan and Hartford was detrimental to Miller’s confidence as I thought he was mature enough to understand those moves had more to do with lineup needs than his performance. However, being a healthy scratch after doing some pretty good things last night could definitely hurt his pride.
…as shocking as it is to see Carcillo placed on the top line, it’s not unprecedented for him as he skated with Kane and Hossa while a member of the Blackhawks. Still not what I had in mind to get Nash and Stepan back on track.
…while AV needed to try St. Louis with Stepan and Nash, I’m happy to see him back on the right side where he’s played his entire career and admitted he’s way more comfortable.