Cam Talbot Game 6 of the first round of the Western Conference is expected for the Minnesota Wild against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
The goalkeeper has not yet played in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. Substitutes Marc-Andre Fleury With Wild Facial removed, trailing 3-2 in Best-of-7 series.
Wild coach Evason did not commit to the change, but Talbot was at the traditional starting grid and left the ice ahead of Florey, two telltale signs of the start of every game.
straight ahead Marcos Foligno He also spoke before the game as if Talbot was playing.
“He’s an experienced goalkeeper in this league, he’s played in qualifiers a few times and was in teams with a few kicks,” Foligno said. “For the most part, we know he’s a great goalkeeper and like Flower, we know how to play against these players.
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“So adding Cam to the mix now doesn’t really change our mentality. We want to win, and we want to win for both goalkeepers. But we know Cam will be excited to get in there and close the door.”
Talbot is 0-3-3 with 5.06 goals-to-average and .825 savings percentage in his past six games against the Blues. He was Wild’s No. 1 goalkeeper before Marc-Andre Fleury was acquired in a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks on March 21.
Fleury played the first five games of the series, going 2-3 with 3.04 GAA and 0.906 savings percentage. He has allowed four goals in each of his previous two games, both losses, and three times in the series.
Talbot, who was 32-12-4 with a 2.76 GAA and .911 savings percentage in the regular season, hasn’t played since April 28, with a 3-2 win over Calgary Flames. He went 8-0-3 with a 2.25 GAA and 0.925 savings ratio since Florey’s arrival. Florey was 9-2-0 with 2.74 GAA and 0.910 savings in the same stretch.
Florey, a three-time winner of the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017), is a one-time playoff win from Grant Four Pass (92) for a third-place finish in NHL history. It’s 92-73 with 2.54 GAA and 0.912 savings ratio.
Talbot is 15-15 with a 2.45 GAA and .923 savings percentage in 32 NHL postseason games (30 starts).
Here are 3 keys to Game 6:
1. Close the door
For a variety of reasons, the Blues don’t want to go to Xcel Energy Center for a Game 7 winner-takes-all, including the fact that Minnesota is 3-1 in four 7s.
Doing this in front of a local audience would be a bonus. So is the certainty of knowing that they will face the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the Western Conference.
“We know that if we go back to game seven it will be a really tough job to play in their fold,” Blues striker. David Peron She said. “We did a good job staying with the whole game during match 5, but again we’re in different positions a few times during our career and [a series] It can turn around very quickly. So we have to make sure we take care of her tonight.”
Teams advancing 3-2 in the top 7 are 332-88 (.790), including 8-1 in the 2021 playoffs.
St. Louis is 12-2 when he leads 3-2 in a series, but 16-23 in a game 6 and 9-9 at home.
The Wild is 3-4 when she lags 3-2. They are 5-3 in Match 6 but lost the only player they played on the road.
2. Play the disc
blues goalkeeper Jordan Bennington He changed the look of the series not only with his hard-disc stopping, but almost as importantly as his ability to play it.
His desire to stop Wilde’s waste and his meticulousness in moving the Ice Goblin to the top nullified an effective mortgage.
“It makes a huge difference,” Blues striker Brayden Shin She said. “For me as a central guy, there are a lot of times if a team takes it out or offloads it they can go through the check. There are chances of stepping in. But when he can play the hack and get that great first pass, it takes a lot of pressure and makes the hack possible. Much cleaner than your end.”
3. Go to 7-11
The Blues switched to 11 forwards and seven defensemen for Match 4 due to injuries to several defenders. But they stayed with her even after that Robert Borzozo And Nick Lady He’s back, and making it hard for Wild to get the encounters they want because skilled St. Louis forwards take turns on the fourth line.
The Blues are 10-4-2 this season, the regular season and the playoffs combined, when they go 11-7.
“Well, we have more minutes; as a striker, you always want more in some way, so you don’t want to say no to that,” Peron said. “But certainly I think there have been times when I think we have to manage our minutes more.
“We had to take shorter bouts as the match went on. But I also think kind of reality of the situation, it’s great that we were able to have success with the 11-7 set.”
Expected wild lineup
Kirill Kaprizov – Ryan Hartman – Mats Zuccarello
Kevin Viala – Frederic Goudreu – Matt Boldi
Jordan Greenway – Joel Erickson Eck – Marcos Foligno
Nicolas Desloriers – Tyson Jost – Brandon Doheme
Jacob Middleton – Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Prudden – Matt Domba
John Merrill – Dmitriy Kulikov
scratched: Nick BjstadAlex Goligowski Jordi BenAnd Conor Dewar
Predicted blues lineup
Brayden Sheen – Ryan O’Reilly – David Byron
Pavel Buchnevich – Robert Thomas – Vladimir Tarasenko
Brandon Saad – Ivan Barbashev – Jordan Kero
Alexey Turopchenko – Tyler Bosak
Nick Lady – Colton Paraiko
Cali Rosen – Justin Falk
Nico Mikola – Robert Borzozo
scratched: Logan BrownNathan Walker
injured: Tori Krug (lower body), Marco Scandella (lower body)
Evason indicated that there may be other changes in the lineup; Kulikov could replace the defensive man Goligosky. … Thomas and Barbashev will switch lines.