After riding with legendary goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the past week and a half, the Wild will make a change in net with their season on the line.
While coach Dean Evason wouldn’t confirm the move publicly, it’s becoming increasingly clear that goaltender Cam Talbot will be in the crease for Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at Enterprise Center.
Not only was Talbot the first goaltender off the ice on Thursday morning — usually a tell tale sign as to who’s starting the game — alternate captain Marcus Foligno was extremely forthcoming when asked about the potential lineup change.
“To add Cam into the mix now it doesn’t really change our mindset,” Foligno said ahead of Game 6. “We want to win. We want to win for both our goaltenders. We know Cam is going to be excited to get in there and shut the door.”
It’s been a lesson in patience for Talbot, who had a stellar finish to the regular season, then ceded the net to Fleury to start the playoffs.
“I’ll be ready whenever I’m called upon,” Talbot said after his final start of the regular season on April 28. “You don’t know when that’s going to be. Hopefully it’s going to be a long run here and maybe we’ll use both of us. You never really know. That decision is out of my hands. I’m going to continue to work and keep striving to get better and be ready whenever that opportunity arises.”
That opportunity has arisen with the Wild on the brink of elimination, trailing the Blues 3-2 in the series.
There are some people that believe the Wild should’ve turned to Talbot to start the series. He finished the regular season on a 13-0-3 run, amassing a 2.35 goals against average and a .917 save percentage in that span.
Asked about the decision between the pipes, coach Dean Evason wouldn’t bite. How will he determine whether it was the right move?
“I’ll tell you after the game,” Evason said. “If we win, that’s the right decision. It’s as simple as that.”