Talbot allowed two goals on 38 shots in the Oilers win in Ottawa on Thursday. Talbot has won two in a row while turning aside 72 of 75 shots (.960 SV%) and has been victorious in four of his last six starts. He is a must-start this afternoon against a Canadiens team that has struggled mightily as of late.
Schultz (illness) will be back in the Oilers lineup on Thursday.
Schultz missed Tuesday’s game with an illness, but will be back in the lineup tonight in Ottawa. Schultz has just nine points (3G / 6A) in 36 games this season, but has one goal and three assists his last seven games.
Talbot stopped 36 of 37 shots in the Oilers blowout win over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Talbot has won three of his last five while posting a 1.99 GAA and .938 SV%. After a rough start to the season, Talbot is really settling in for the Oilers. He draws a solid matchup against an Ottawa team that has lost four of five while giving up 4.00 goals per game.
Talbot surrendered three goals on 24 shots in the Oilers loss to the Predators before the All-Star break. He has lost two in a row but finished January at 4-4-1 with a 1.96 GAA and .932 SV%. Tonight he draws a strong matchup against a Blue Jackets team that has gone 4-2-1 in their last seven. Talbot comes in at 3-3-0 in his last six on home ice.
The Oilers have recalled Griffin Reinhart from Bakersfield (AHL).
Reinhart, 22, has split his time between the Oilers and Condors this season and has picked up one assist in 13 games with Edmonton and six points (1G / 5A) in 17 games with Bakersfield. Reinhart is expected to serve as the Oilers seventh defensemen on Tuesday.
McDavid (clavicle) will return to the Oilers lineup on Tuesday vs. Columbus.
McDavid spent the NHL All-Star break practicing with Bakersfield (AHL) and is set to return to the Oilers lineup on Tuesday. McDavid has been been out with a broken clavicle since November 3rd and his much anticipated return will come tomorrow vs. the Blue Jackets. McDavid is a must-start in his return—he has 12 points (5G / 7A) in his first 13 NHL games.
McDavid (clavicle) has been cleared for contact; will practice with Bakersfield (AHL) during the All-Star break.
McDavid is eyeing a return when the Oilers resume play after the All-Star break. To make that a real possibility, the 2015 No. 1 overall pick will practice with Bakersfield over the break. He will not appear in any games, but will practice and could be back in the lineup next Tuesday (Feb. 2nd) vs. the Blue Jackets.