ST. LOUIS, MO - Cam Talbot is expected to get his next opportunity to tend the twine tomorrow when the Oilers visit the St. Louis Blues.
The goaltender hasn't made a start since the team's 5-2 defeat to the Kings in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, as Mikko Koskinen has gotten the call the last four games and won three of them.
Talbot has a 5-9-1 record on the season with a 3.29 goals-against average and a .889 save percentage. He's looking forward to a chance to build some positive momentum and regain the form that has allowed him to have a career 2.54 GAA and .917 save percentage.
"I've been feeling good in practice, just working on a few things every day," Talbot said following Tuesday's skate at Enterprise Center. "I'm trying to work out those bugs and be ready for a game whenever I get it."
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The 5-2 final score in his last start against the Kings grossly misrepresents Talbot's performance that night as he turned aside 27 of 30 shots - many of them high-quality scoring chances - and LA also added a pair of empty-net goals. The Oilers outshot the Kings 34-32 that night but two goals from Alex Chiasson were the only offence the team could muster.
"We want to play well for him too," said Oilers captain Connor McDavid. "He's had nights, especially in LA, where he was dynamite and we just didn't score goals for him. We want to play well for him but he knows he's got to play well and get back to the style he was a couple years ago. And we all know he can. He did it earlier on in the season, so he's definitely got it in him. I'm sure he's excited to go."
Between Oct. 13 and Oct. 28, Talbot won five of his seven starts and had one OT loss during that span as well. Since then, Koskinen has been the masked man earning wins for the Oilers. Head Coach Ken Hitchcock wants both of his netminders giving the team a chance to secure two points on a regular basis.
"We've got to get a better rhythm... it's too spaced out for me," Hitchcock said. "The gap between playing is too big... I think we're in a position now, when we get back to Edmonton, where we can have a better routine. In my opinion, when you have faith in both guys like I do, both guys have got to play."
Wednesday's game in St. Louis is the first of eight in 14 days for the Oilers, providing opportunities for both goalies to play without getting over-worked.
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