Albert in as Jets face Rangers

- December 2nd, 2013

NEW YORK — The Winnipeg Jets return to action after spending the weekend in New York and will be facing a Rangers team that is starting 26-year-old netminder Cam Talbot instead of King Henrik Lundqvist for the second straight game.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault handled the questions as best he could, reassuring the masses that Lundqvist is still the No. 1 guy but essentially that he felt Talbot gave the team the best chance to win this particular game.

There will be plenty of eyes on Talbot this evening and on this situation moving forward.

As for the Jets, the only real news coming out of their morning skate was that Evander Kane remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury and John Albert would be making his NHL debut on the fourth line after being recalled from the St. John’s IceCaps on Sunday afternoon.

Albert was pretty excited about the prospect of making his NHL debut and he’ll have a couple of his biggest supporters in the crowd as his parents, John and Cindy, made their way to The Big Apple from Cleveland, Ohio.

The gritty centre plans to try and provide a little energy. The scouting report on Albert is that he’s been playing well for the IceCaps, is good on face-offs, has been a strong penalty killer.

We’re about to find out if those elements translate at the next level.

But one thing about Albert is that he’s going to give you an honest effort.

It will be interesting to see how quickly Albert can earn the trust of Jets head coach Claude Noel and how much ice time he’ll actually get in this one

As expected, Anthony Peluso also draws into the lineup on the fourth line, meaning Eric Tangradi and Adam Pardy will be the healthy scratches.

In other Jets-related news, a pair of 2013 draft picks, Nic Petan of the Portland Winterhawks and Josh Morrissey of the Prince Albert Raiders were among the 25 players chosen by Team Canada to attend the world junior selection camp in a couple weeks.

With only three cuts left to make, Petan and Morrissey are strong bets to be on the roster but certainly won’t be taking anything for granted.

Back to the game at hand, can the Jets regroup after a slow start that doomed them against the Flyers and improve to 3-1 on the trip or will they lose a second straight game and fall to 2-2 before heading to Florida to close out this six-game swing?

That is the million-dollar question.

And it won’t be long until we find out.

Here’s how I expect both teams to start Monday:

Jets

Andrew Ladd-Bryan Little-Blake Wheeler
Chris Thorburn-Olli Jokinen-Devin Setoguchi
Matt Halischuk-Mark Scheifele-Michael Frolik
James Wright-John Albert-Anthony Peluso

Toby Enstrom-Dustin Byfuglien
Mark Stuart-Keaton Ellerby
Grant Clitsome-Jacob Trouba

Ondrej Pavelec (Al Monotya)

Rangers

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
Brad Richards-Derick Brassard-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Dominic Moore-Mats Zuccarello
Benoit Pouliiot-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Antron Stralman
Justin Falk-Michael Del Zotto

Cam Talbot (Henrik Lundqvist)

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