Goalie nods: Talbot looks to keep Oilers rolling

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There has been no bigger surprise through the first three weeks of the NHL season than the Edmonton Oilers racing out to a 7-1-0 start.

The two most important players in that start have been second-year superstar Connor McDavid starting to take over as one of the league’s most dominant players, and starting goaltender Cam Talbot.

Talbot has appeared in every game for the Oilers so far this season, and that streak will continue on Sunday night when the team hosts the Ottawa Senators.

At the other end of the ice, it is sure to be an emotional night for the Senators as Craig Anderson is getting the nod after he rejoined the team on Saturday.

He had taken a leave of absence from the team after his wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with cancer.

Along with Anderson the Senators are also currently carrying goaltenders Chris Driedger and Matt O’Connor.

Elsewhere…

— In the afternoon game Robin Lehner goes for the Buffalo Sabres against Winnipeg. The Jets have not announced a starter at this moment but have consistently rotated goalies all season to this point. If that trend continues it would be Connor Hellebuyck on Sunday.

Henrik Lundqvist is getting the night off for the New York Rangers which means Antti Raannta gets the start. Ben Bishop will face him at the other end of the ice for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

— After Jimmy Howard was on the losing end of a 1-0 shutout on Saturday, the Red Wings are returning to Petr Mrazek on Sunday against Florida. The Panthers will turn to James Reimer.

Cam Ward returns to the net for Carolina against the Philadelphia Flyers, who have yet to announce their starter. The Flyers used both Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth on Saturday in a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh.

Jhonas Enroth will make his second start of the season when Toronto faces the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. The Islanders goaltending situation is getting complicated as they try to rotate three players at the position. No word yet on who gets the start in this one.

— Expect Braden Holtby back in net for Washington when they visit the Calgary Flames after Phillip Grubauer played in Saturday’s win in Vancouver. Calgary is expected to go with Brian Elliott.

Corey Crawford will get the start for the Chicago Blackhawks in Los Angeles. No word yet from the Kings, who went with Peter Budaj on Saturday.

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