Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot, who was 12-6-1 with a 1.64 GAA during the season, is sidelined with an undisclosed injury and is "day-to-day," coach Alain Vigneault said.
Talbot, who did not practice Sunday, relieved Henrik Lundqvist in Game 5, playing 26:47 and allowing two goals on eight shots. The team did not confirm that he was injured in Game 5. He was on the bench for Game 6, when Lundqvist blanked Montreal, 1-0.
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Third goaltender David LeNeveu, who has been traveling with the team, practiced and could make his playoff debut as Lundqvist's backup if Talbot isn't ready for Wednesday night's Game 1.
Before facing Montreal, Talbot hadn't played since April 29, in Game 6 in Philadelphia, and stopped all five shots in the third period of a 5-2 loss.
LeNeveu, 31, is an AHL veteran who attended Cornell and played in Austria last season. He signed with Hartford as a free agent Jan. 14, played 22 games and was 12-8 with three shutouts and a 2.46 GAA. He was an emergency backup for Talbot against Columbus on Jan. 21 at the Garden when Lundqvist was ill.
"It's been a crazy year," said LeNeveu, who played 21 games for Phoenix in 2003-04 and 2005-06 and one for Columbus in 2010-11. "To come in here and enjoy the run with them has been unbelievable, a great experience.
"We wanted to come back to North America but it took a while to get the contract we were looking for. We took advantage of a late run in Hartford, just missed the playoffs.
"I just didn't want to quit playing. Thankfully, I was able to come up, still practice every day and stay in condition. It's been a ride. This team's not done yet, either."
J.T. Miller appeared to injure his right arm in Game 4 against the Canadiens. Vigneault said he is a couple of days away . . . Dan Carcillo said he hopes to hear a decision Monday on his appeal of a 10-game suspension for abuse of an official . . . Derick Brassard attended Saturday's Yankees-Twins game with Minnesota natives Ryan McDonagh, an all-state centerfielder in high school, and Derek Stepan. They met Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. "He said, 'Congrats, but I'm a Devils fan,' " Brassard said.