Gustavsson allowed two goals on 33 shots in the Oilers’ loss to Minnesota on Sunday. Gustavsson has posted a 2.00 GAA and .923 SV% across five performances this season and will start the first game of the Oilers back-to-back tonight in Philadelphia. The Flyers come in having won six in a row.
Fayne left Tuesday’s game with an undisclosed injury and did not return.
Fayne appeared in just 4:34 TOI before leaving the game. There is no word on how Fayne suffered the injury or how serious the injury is. Consider Fayne as day-to-day and questionable for Thursday and Friday’s games.
Talbot allowed two goals on 33 shots in the Oilers’ overtime win over the Ducks on Saturday. Jonas Gustavsson started on Sunday, so it’s no surprise to see Talbot go tonight in Buffalo. Talbot has allowed a combined five goals on 58 shots (.914 SV%) to earn wins in his last two starts and he is a great option tonight vs. a Sabres team that played last night.
Talbot gave up three goals on 25 shots in the Oilers win in Winnipeg on Thursday. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Talbot, who is tied for fourth in the NHL with 12 wins on the season. Talbot surrendered four goals on 27 shots in a 4-1 loss in his first start vs. the Ducks.
The Oilers have placed Darnell Nurse (lower-body) on injured reserve.
Nurse is expected to be out long-term with a lower-body injury. This is a big blow to the Oilers’ blueline and thrusts Matt Benning into bigger role. With Nurse out, the Oilers have recalled Dillon Simpson from Bakersfield (AHL).
Talbot was yanked after he allowed four goals on 14 shots in the Oilers’ loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Talbot has lost his last three starts while giving up eight goals on 78 shots (.897 SV%). He’ll start in Winnipeg vs. a Jets team that has won their last two—Talbot is 6-3-2 with a 2.51 GAA and .919 SV% on the road.
Talbot gave up two goals on 23 shots in the Oilers’ loss to the Coyotes on Sunday. He has lost his last two games despite strong performances—he stopped 60 of 64 shots (.938 SV%). Tonight he will face the Maple Leafs for the second time this year—he allowed three goals on 31 shots in a 3-2 OT loss in their first meeting.
Lucic (undisclosed) missed the Oilers’ morning skate but will play on Tuesday.
Lucic has started to pick it up recently, picking up two goals and five assists (seven points) in his last four games. Lucic has played very well on Connor McDavid’s wing, but not so well away from McDavid, which isn’t surprising.