Cam Talbot starts vs. Islanders

Updated: January 21, 2014, 8:15 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is sick and will not play Tuesday night against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden.

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Adam Hunger/USA TODAY SportsHenrik Lundqvist is sick and will not play against the Islanders on Tuesday.

Lundqvist did not partake in the team's morning skate Tuesday. Backup Cam Talbot started for the Rangers

About 2½ hours before the opening faceoff, the Rangers announced the signing of David Leneveu, a free agent who has split time this season with Hartford and Providence of the AHL. He served as the backup to Talbot.

The 30-year-old Leneveu was 1-2 with a 2.68 goals-against average in three AHL games. He also played eight games with South Carolina of the ECHL, going 4-4 with a 1.64 GAA and three shutouts. In 22 career NHL games with Phoenix and Columbus, Leneveu is 5-9-2 with a 3.43 GAA.

Lundqvist has been stellar as of late with a 5-1-0 record, a 1.34 goals-against average and a .958 save percentage in his last six games.

Talbot, however, also has been impressive in relief. He is 10-3-0 this season with a 1.62 GAA and a .940 save percentage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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