Talbot gave up four goals on 28 shots in Saturday's loss to the Kings. Talbot is struggling. The 28-year-old has lost three straight games and has surrendered at least four goals in each of those outings. Talbot is now 3-8-0 on the season with a .890 save percentage. While he'll see a good amount of action in the Edmonton crease, it's hard to see him picking up too many wins behind a team lacking quality defensemen.
Talbot will be between the pipes in Saturday's game against the Kings, play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels reports. Talbot has largely struggled this season, posting an ugly 3-7-0 record with a 3.00 GAA and .893 save percentage in 11 appearances. He does, however, draw into a relatively favorable matchup Saturday against a Kings team that has been mediocre offensively this season. L.A. has averaged 2.44 goals scored per game this season, tied for 10th worst in the NHL.
Talbot once again will ride the bench Thursday, reports Edmonton Journal. Andres Nilsson had a big game Wednesday, making 34 saves in the Oilers 4-3 overtime victory over Anaheim and has been rewarded with a second consecutive start because of it. The Oilers paid a hefty price to acquire Talbot at the NHL Draft but may be regretting this acquisition as Talbot is having a hard time playing behind a subpar defensive corps. He is still technically the starting goaltender for Edmonton, but Nilsson could make this a goaltending controversy before long.
Talbot will receive the starting nod Sunday against the Blackhawks. Talbot continues to struggle in net, taking two games off after allowing five goals on 32 shots to Calgary. He will once again receive the starting nod in net Sunday, facing a Blackhawks team that's beginning to gain traction offensively.
Talbot made 27 saves on 32 shots in Saturday's loss to the Flames. Talbot has struggled of late, allowing 15 goals in his last four appearances. The former Ranger falls to 3-6-0 on the season with a .897 save percentage. Talbot will see lots of action in Edmonton, but with the team's defensive woes, expect lots of goals to get past him.
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