Talbot made 26 saves in a 5-2 loss to Arizona on Saturday. The Wild took a 2-0 lead, but Talbot and his teammates couldn't hold onto it. Their legs seemed heavy around the buzzing Coyotes. Talbot has allowed 13 goals in his last three games, all of which were losses. He's losing his grip on the starter's gig, especially with the Wild in the hunt for a playoff gig. They need to win and Talbot might not be the best option for that right now.
Talbot will guard the road net in Saturday's game versus the Coyotes, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports. Talbot lost each of his last two starts, registering an .864 save percentage in the process. On the other hand, creasemate Kaapo Kahkonen has won six straight games while producing a .938 save percentage. Talbot is barely hanging onto the No. 1 job, and he'll need a strong performance against the Coyotes to maintain his job security. He's set up well Saturday, as the Coyotes are in a bit of a slump with losses in three of their last four outings.
Talbot gave up four goals on 27 shots in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights. The fifth goal was an empty-netter. Talbot gave up nine goals and went 0-1-1 in two appearances in Vegas. In Wednesday's game, he simply didn't get enough support from his teammates. The Ontario native slipped to 4-3-1 with a 2.73 GAA and a .910 save percentage in nine outings. With two poor outings in a row from Talbot, Kaapo Kahkonen is likely due for a start. The Wild play a back-to-back in Arizona on Friday and Saturday.
Talbot will patrol the crease during Wednesday's road game versus Vegas, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Talbot was a little shaky in his last start Monday against the Golden Knights, surrendering five goals on 39 shots en route to a 5-4 overtime loss. The 33-year-old netminder will try to get back in the win column in a rematch with the same Vegas squad that's now won three straight games.
Talbot stopped a season-high 34 shots in Monday's 5-4 overtime loss to Vegas. Talbot and the Wild were unable to nail down a 4-2 lead with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation. It marked the first time all year Talbot was beaten for more than three goals in a game and it was, rather remarkably, his first sub.-900 save percentage of the season. The 33-year-old dropped to 4-2-1 on the year with a 2.19 GAA and .917 save percentage.
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