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Preview: Game 47 Oilers @ Panthers

Freshly signed to a three year deal, Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot and crew begin a three game roadtrip starting in Florida

Cam Talbot has signed a three year deal.  He and the Oilers take on the Panthers tonight.
Cam Talbot has signed a three year deal. He and the Oilers take on the Panthers tonight.
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Edmonton

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18-23-5, 41 points, .891 p/g Ranks 26-14-5, 57 points, .867 p/g
Pacific Division - 7th Atlantic Division - 1st
29th P/G 5th
23rd ST 18th
19th S/G 29th
26th Goal 3rd
5:30 PM MDT
TV - Sportsnet West
Radio - 630 CHED
BB&T Center
The opposing view:  Litter Box Cats

Just Enough

Sam Bennett scored midway through the first period for the Calgary to give the Flames a 1-0 lead.  Calgary held onto this lead for a significant part of the game, until Mark Fayne (!) knotted it up for Edmonton midway through the third on a weird wrister.  The Oilers carried the tie through overtime and onto the shootout, where none other than Teddy Purcell helped seal the deal for Edmonton.

The Oilers made it interesting when Darnell Nurse took a holding penalty two minutes into the 3-on-3 frame, but Cam Talbot and the rest of the Edmonton Oilers held on long enough to get it to a shootout to help earn two points for the good guys.

Edmonton begins a three game roadie this evening in Florida.  Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

"I judge it not just over this last stretch, where he's been very good, but from what I've seen before"

Source

That's Oilers coach Todd McLellan on Cam Talbot's 3-year 12.5 MM extension.

Tabot's Oilers career was a bit tumultuous in that he posted sub .900 SV% in October and November, but he's been absolutely lights out since then.

The opponents are saying

"We needed to compete harder, put pucks on net"  Source
That's Panthers coach Gerard Gallant on his team's 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay yesterday.

The Panthers might have taken the L to their cross-state rivals last night, but they're still feeling pretty good as they lead the Atlantic Division by three points over Detroit.

Have some of this

  • Talbot becomes the 23rd highest paid starter in the league with his 3 year, 12.5 MM deal.  Check out dawgbone98's write up of the deal for a lot more info.
  • Matt Hendricks looks to return to the lineup after sitting for a three game suspension.
  • With a fresh new deal (and more importantly:  he's stopping almost everything) the Oilers should start Cam Talbot (8-13-3, .914 SV% / 2.58 GAA / 1 SO),  The Panthers look to start Al Montoya (7-1-1, .937 SV% / 1.71 GAA) , who coincidentally started against the Oilers last week.  Look for Anders Nilsson to get the start tomorrow night against Tampa Bay.
  • PACIFIC WATCH / SHOOTING FOR SIXTH:  A win over the Flames for the Oilers gives them two much needed points, though a shootout loss gives the ugly Flames one.  The Oilers trail third place San Jose by seven points with the Sharks holding three games in hand.
  • Connor McDavid (clavicle), Andrew Ference (undisclosed)  and Oscar Klefbom (hand), are out for the Oilers.  For the Panthers, Aaron Ekblad (upper body) and Dave Bolland (lower body) are out for tonight.