Talbot posted an 11-17-3 record with a 3.40 GAA and .892 save percentage in 35 games between the Oilers and Flyers during the 2018-19 season. The Flyers acquired Talbot through a trade, but he only played in four games in Philadelphia, going 1-2-0 with a 3.70 GAA and .881 save percentage in those games. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Even though the trade didn't work out, owners should keep in mind Talbot possesses a respectable .912 career save percentage and could benefit from a change of scenery.
Talbot allowed six goals on 30 shots in a 6-2 loss to the Stars on Tuesday. The Stars scored four times at even strength and struck twice on the power play versus Talbot. The 31-year-old has started two of the last three games for the Flyers and yielded nine goals on 60 shots (.850 save percentage). The Flyers have been limping to the finish line since officially getting eliminated from the playoffs. Owners would be wise to avoid the goaltender situation in Philadelphia during the final week.
Talbot will draw the start in Dallas on Tuesday, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports. In three appearances with Philadelphia, Talbot has gone 1-1-0 with a 2.78 GAA. Though it's a small sample size, it's much better than the 3.36 GAA he posted with the Oilers. At this point, the 31-year-old is simply trying to showcase his value as he's expected to hit the open market this offseason.
Talbot turned aside 27 of 30 shots in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes. Carolina's final two goals came into an empty net, as a Philly squad desperate to stay in the playoff hunt pulled Talbot with nearly three minutes left in the third period. The former Oiler was making only his second start with the Flyers, and he's unlikely to get back into the crease this season with rookie Carter Hart giving the club both its best shot to win and a glimpse of the future.
Talbot will defend the cage on the road versus the Hurricanes on Saturday, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports. Talbot hasn't been in action for the Flyers since making a relief appearance March 6 against Washington, in which he stopped 15 of 16 shots. The 31-year-old could be making his final start of the season even if Philadelphia makes the playoffs, as Carter Hart should see the bulk of the workload the rest of the way with Brian Elliott possibly getting some looks as well.
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