DETROIT - Cam Talbot will carry the load in goal for the next few weeks, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault indicated Wednesday.
After speaking with goaltending coach Benoit Allaire, Vigneault said there was no indication of fatigue for Talbot, who was 9-2-2 before Wednesday night.
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Vigneault said that given the schedule, he didn't envision rookie Mackenzie Skapski, who has made one start against Buffalo on Feb. 20, to be called upon for another until possibly one of the back-to-backs coming up. The Rangers play March 14 in Buffalo and the 15th at home against Florida, and March 21-22 in Carolina and against Anaheim.
There was no update on Henrik Lundqvist (vascular injury, Jan. 31), who did not make the trip, but it appears Vigneault is making plans for him not to be available by March 22.
Boyle's No. 1,000
Dan Boyle played his 1,000th NHL game, with the vast majority in Tampa and San Jose. With his 45th game as a Ranger, Boyle became the 298th player to reach the mark, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"Most players don't get the opportunity to play this long, don't get to play a thousand games," Boyle said. "It's a special group of players. I'm proud of where I came from, being undrafted, being overlooked early on in my career. To make it to this stage and to play as long as I have, it's pretty special."
Glass takes a seat
With James Sheppard making his Rangers debut, Tanner Glass was a healthy scratch for the first time since Jan. 13 against the Islanders. Glass, who had assists in the last two games, had played 18 in a row since missing two games with an injury on Jan. 18 and Jan. 20.