The Minnesota Wild switch nets for Thursday’s sixth game of their first-round series against the St. Louis Blues, picking three-time Stanley Cup winner Marc-Andre Fleury and starting Cam Talbot. Wild coach Dean Evason declined to reveal his line-up for the game, but Talbot was in the start net for the morning skate, leaving the ice first, and assistant captain Marcus Foligno confirmed Talbot will make the start.
The Wild is about to end the game, trailing the series by 3-2. The launch is Talbot’s first in two weeks.
Fleury was acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks at the close in March and started with a .906 save percentage and 3.04 goals versus averages in the first five games of the series. He has conceded four goals in each of the past two games. In the regular season, Fleury had a .908 save rate and a 2.90 GAA – including .910 and 2.74 in 11 games with the Wilds.
Many were surprised when Talbot didn’t get the call for Game 1 of the playoffs. He finished the regular season on a 13-0-3 run in which he had a .917 save ratio, a 2.35 GAA and two shutouts. Overall he was 32-12-4 with a save rate of .911 and a GAA of 2.76. He is also signed with the Wild for next season, while Fleury will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Wild coach Dean Evason has expressed his confidence in Fleury despite the week’s results, saying his play was “fantastic” and “really good”.
“We trust our two goalkeepers,” Evason said on Wednesday. “We’ve seen enough of Marc-Andre Fleury to know – and we’ve watched him for ages to know – that he’s a guy with the right reactions. We also know that Cam Talbot is the ultimate pro, working his ass off playing or not and would be ready to go (Thursday) night.”
The Blues have also changed goalies in the series, moving from Ville Husso to Jordan Binnington after losses in Games 2 and 3.
(Photo by Cam Talbot and Marc-Andre Fleury: Brad Rempel / USA Today)