Talbot has won four of his past five outings, allowing just one goal to tickle the twine in a two of those matchups. On the year, the netminder is 22-12-6 with a trio of shutouts and a .918 save percentage. The 29-year-old will look to make it three wins in a row against the bottom dwelling Coyotes.
Talbot has 22 victories this season, with three coming against the rival Flames in three tries. He'll likely be in between the pipes for the fourth and final meeting of the regular season on Jan. 21 in Calgary. Talbot remains a solid No. 2 fantasy netminder across most formats.
Talbot opened the season with a pair of wins against Calgary -- one at home and the other on the road -- though he ended up allowing seven goals on 76 shots for a ho-hum .908 save percentage over those contests. The Battle of Alberta is usually intense, so expect a high degree of physicality in this one -- Talbot will see the 20th-ranked offense.
Talbot made 17 saves in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Devils.
Talbot wasn't very busy as his team carried play throughout with a 34-19 advantage in shots. It's too bad he can't face the Devils every game, as they generated just 19.5 shots per contest in a pair of losses over this past week while all of Talbot's other opponents since Dec. 1 have attempted at least 25. Talbot now has exactly 21 wins in each of the past three seasons, but he'll end up blowing that mark out of the water this time if he can stay healthy.
Most of the attention will be on former Oilers standout Taylor Hall in this one -- prior to a trade to New Jersey this summer, he had been with Edmonton since being drafted first overall in 2010 and was Talbot's teammate last season. The netminder, meanwhile, will be looking to avenge his most recent loss, when he yielded five goals on 28 shots in Tuesday's home game against the Sharks. If you're shy about using him due to his inimpressive 2.47 GAA over the last five games, then fret not, as Thursday's docket includes 18 starting goaltenders.