VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Backup Cam Talbot is expected to make his seventh start in goal Sunday night in Edmonton, the second game of this three-game Western Canada swing.
In the Blueshirts' last visit to Rexall Place on March 30 of last season, Talbot made 26 saves in a 5-0 shutout. Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello each scored two goals.
Talbot, whose last start was a 31-save effort in a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings in Detroit on Dec. 6, is 2-3-1, with a 2.34 goals-against-average, a .921 save percentage and two shutouts.
It will be the fourth back-to-back of the season for the Rangers, who have lost two of the three second games in that scenario. All three were at Madison Square Garden and Henrik Lundqvist started each one: Talbot, 27, replaced Lundqvist after he allowed six goals in 35:13 of a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Maple Leafs in the Rangers' home opener on Oct. 12. Lundqvist and the Rangers also lost to goalie Viktor Fasth and the Oilers, 3-1, on Nov. 9 before beating the Flyers, 5-2, on Nov. 29.
Pouliot won't play
Former Ranger Benoit Pouliot had a goal and assist for the Oilers in that Nov. 9 win. But Pouliot -- who scored 15 goals and had 36 points for the Rangers in the 2013-14 regular season plus 10 points in the playoffs before accepting a five-year, $20-million offer from the Oilers as a free agent -- will not play Sunday night. He has been sidelined since Nov. 21 after breaking his foot on a shot by Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky.
The Blueshirts play ten more back-to-backs this season, including next weekend's home-and-home against Carolina, a rescheduled game in Buffalo on Feb. 20, which is the makeup for the Nov. 21 game that was postponed by a snowstorm, and four back-to-backs in March.