This is only because I know what it takes for a goaltender (especially Henrik personally) to get mentally prepared for a game.
It's a great gesture that MSG wants to honor Henrik, and they should…but I believe it can actually have an adverse effect on Henrik's game because he has to switch out of 'game mode' and have all the focus, attention on him, pose for photos, smile, etc.
A goaltender like him doesn't speak to anyone for hours before a game, has a whole routine that is followed the same way every single night. To uproot that, can negatively effect his game.
It's a RISK. Doesn't mean they can't win the game with him, but I would rather let Henrik enjoy the moment, without the added pressure of having to perform minutes after and having to adjust his entire mental state, and give Talbot the start and the time to prepare normally. 100% focus on the game.
Plus this isn't really a bad game to give to Talbot in general. I know he can, but do we really want Henrik playing 16 straight games before the playoffs in an Olympics year?
I always wondered if players literally get the flu. It seems like when someone' feeling under the weather that's what they call it. I think I literally had the flu once as an adult.
Im pretty sure its not actually the flu. Hank gets "the flu" once a year and misses 2 or 3 games. Im pretty sure theyre just not feeling well. If they actually had the flu they wouldnt be able to move, let alone be a GTD to play in a hockey game.