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Cam Talbot in net tonight vs. Wild; Marc Staal sidelined but skating

Cam Talbot prepares to play against the Winnipeg

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

I'm travelling today and Newsday's Will Sammon is filling in tonight at MSG. I'll be back for the Leafs game tomorrow, then on to DC and Florida as 2013 winds down. Anyway, for Henrik Lundqvist, it’s time for a break. Talbot will start Sunday instead of Lundqvist in the eighth game of what has been a catastrophic franchise-record nine-game homestand. Lundqvist has started eight consecutive games,...

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Marc Staal's game is returning

Marc Staal of the Rangers plays the puck

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

What Marc Staal saw through his tinted visor didn’t really concern him. Columbus defenseman Nikita Nikitin was skating with the puck on the right side of his own zone, perhaps 80 feet away. Staal was on the left side of the Rangers zone.

Nikitin began to shoot, hesitated, took another stride, and whipped a wrister in Staal’s direction, apparently trying to get the puck deep.

Instead,...

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