Cam Talbot made 18 saves in his 3rd shutout of the season as the Rangers beat the Hurricanes 1-0 for their sixth straight win, and second in as many nights against the Hurricanes. Ryan McDonagh scored what turned out to be the game’s only goal 4:10 into the first period.
A look at prospect scoring so far (two weeks worth):
Richard Nejezchleb had 3 goals and 4 assists in 5 games over the past two weeks. Ryan Graves had 4 goals and 2 assists in 4 games, including a hat-trick. Adam Tambellini had 3 goals and 1 assist in 4 games. Daniel Walcott had 4 assists in 5 games. Troy Donnay had 3 assists in 6 games. Keegan Iverson had a goal and an assist in 4 games. Ryan Mantha had a goal in 5 games.
The Rangers and Hurricanes complete their home and home tonight at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers will be looking for their 6th straight victory. Last season the Rangers did not have any 6 game win streaks, their highest streak was five.
So far this season the Rangers have defeated Carolina both times they faced each other. Each game required a shootout.
The Rangers (16-10-4) beat the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout by a score of 3-2. For the scoring report see this image below courtesy of NHL.com. Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves, the Rangers took 34 shots on goal.
The Rangers have signed Cam Talbot through next season, Larry Brooks reports, at the reasonable price of $1.45 million.
Talbot was eligible to be an unrestricted free agent following this season. Talbot’s career AHL numbers don’t scream NHL success, but in 28 games at the NHL level he’s posted a 0.936 SV%. His 0.921 SV% in a short sample this season is well above my 2014-15 forecast of 0.909.
More players in the Rangers’ organization are being isolated due to the potential of the mumps, reports Sean Hartnett.
In total: #NYR winger Lee Stempniak, Hartford HC Ken Gernander and Hartford winger Joey Crabb are being isolated from their respective teams
— Sean Hartnett (@HartnettHockey) December 18, 2014
Derick Brassard, a confirmed case of the mumps, is expected to skate with the team tomorrow as his required period of isolation comes to an end.