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.
In most cases i would agree. Personally also know how much mental preperation etc it takes before a game-
But this is a very special moment for hank and i dont think it will throw him off in terms of focus.
He thrives on beeing known, and he will be honored today infront of his whole family. And if thats not a boost for you as a goalie and a family man, nothing will.
I think the issue would be in terms of the team, seeing as the **** virus is going around, knocking st.louis and stepan out is not good.
Overall i think this might end up in a loss for rangers, as they just have such a sad home record this season