Oilers lose Cam Talbot, canít catch a break

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It comes at a time when the Oilers were <a href="http://www.officialnhlgoldenknightsshop.com/brayden-mcnabb-c-1_26.html">http://www.officialnhlgoldenknightsshop.com/brayden-mcnabb-c-1_26.html</a> starting to string a couple wins together, having won two straight and three of their past four. Connor McDavid had gotten over the flu, Zack Kassian finally scored and Talbot was starting a mini-revival in the crease.
And then someone angered the hockey gods.
Perhaps Talbot injured his back from him having to carry the Oilers all last season. Maybe this year, the load has just become too much to bear.
Itís a joke, of course, but Talbot has played a lot of hockey, with Ďa lotí being a severe understatement.
The 30-year-old played 73 games last season, a whopping 89 percent of Edmontonís schedule and held down a .919 save percentage to go along with his 42 wins.
And that load hasnít lessened at all this season, with Talbot having played in 22 of Edmontonís 25 games.
It wouldnít be surprising at all if Edmontonís over-exertion of Talbot is somewhat to blame, but what choice have they had?
Theyíve needed to lean on Talbot because theyíve needed to win games. And backup Laurent Brossoitís .881 save percentage and 0-3-1 record isnít doing Talbot, or the basement-dwelling Oilers, any favors.
Now that load shifts to Brossoit, who will immediately need to get better if the Oilers are to overcome Auston Matthews (who has the sniffles) and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.
Perhaps the rest will do Talbot some good. Heís received very little.
Meanwhile, McDavid vs. Matthews offers a salivating matchup for all hockey fans, even if both teams are polar opposites at the moment.
The Leafs are 7-2-1 in their past 10 games and are tied for second in the Eastern Conference with 33 points. As mentioned above, the Oilers are second last in the West and losers of six of their past 10.
Perhaps Matthews will be slowed down a little by the cold he is nursing. He failed to record a shot in his last game (which nearly led to Canada <a href="http://www.hdyapim.com/connor-murphy-jersey-c-1_50.html">http://www.hdyapim.com/connor-murphy-jersey-c-1_50.html</a> declaring several days of mourning), the first time in his career heís done so. He also hasnít scored in five games.
McDavid knows that pain. He hasnít found the back of the net in his past five games either, but has offered up five apples in that time.
Matthews and McDavid have met twice last season and both times Matthewsí Leafs came out on top.
It wouldnít be surprising in the least if something gave tonight for one (or both) of the superstars. Neither starves for that long.

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