Cam Talbot put into action on Thursday, likely to start against the Flyers

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The wait is over for Cam Talbot.

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Ottawa Senators goaltender dressed as a substitute Anton Forsberg Thursday with the Vegas Golden Knights in town and Talbot is expected to make his first start against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Canadian Tire Center.

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But, Talbot was spurred into action midway through Thursday’s second when Forsberg was taken out and the Knights led 5-1. He made nine saves as the Senators rallied and lost a 5-4 decision to the Knights.

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Talbot, 35, acquired from the Minnesota Wild this summer, broke a rib in the club’s first exhibition game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at camp. He’s been taking pictures for about 10 days.

“It’s not the ideal situation to get my first action of the year, but that’s what you’re working towards and that’s being ready when you’re called,” Talbot said. “That’s five weeks of work to implement there.”

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A native of Caledonia, Ont., Talbot finished last season ranked 10th among NHL goaltenders with 32 wins in 49 appearances in net for the Wild. He finished with a 32-12-4 record with a 2.76 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

“It feels good. It’s a chore because you never know when these things are going to heal and there’s nothing you can do to speed up the process,” Talbot said. “You just try to stay prepared, stay in fit and it’s nice to be back with the boys.”

The past six weeks have not been easy, but he was on the club’s last trip to Florida.

“It’s frustrating to say the least,” Talbot said. “Especially getting into a new team, not being part of the first road trips and team bonding, stuff like that. You want to be part of it when you join a new group.

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“But I’ll do my best to fit in here to get back into the lineup and be ready as soon as they give me the first call.”

It’s expected to be with the Flyers in town.

“We’ll see how practice goes (Friday) and how it goes (Forsberg),” Smith said. “The plan is that we have to play him. He’s a star goaltender and he didn’t play the first 10 games. We know he can help us and we know he will give us confidence in this.

The Senators wouldn’t mind if Talbot had another good skate on Friday before getting dressed for the first time. It will be Talbot’s first game since shutting out the Knights on May 26 last season.

“I think it was (10 days ago) that they gave me permission to go on the ice with (goalkeeping coach) Zac Bierk and take some of his shots,” he said. said Talbot. “It’s no secret that he doesn’t shoot like those guys and I say every day that I need some real shots.

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“It’s good to be back with the guys and get some time back.”

NO IMMEDIATE MOVEMENT

Bringing Talbot back does not mean Magnus Hellberg will be immediately exempted.

First, the Senators need to make sure Talbot is 100% and the club needs to stay healthy in the crease. Hellberg is a good insurance policy for the organization and as long as all Guardians are okay with the current storyline, there’s no reason to be in a rush to leave him.

GM Pierre Dorion indicated last week that he would discuss the script with Bierk and then make a decision on what to do with Hellberg. Recovered on waivers from the Seattle Kraken, he made 29 saves in a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Oct. 24 at home.

Anyone who’s been lucky enough to meet Hellberg understands that he has a good personality and isn’t going to rock the boat if he’s not playing.

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“It will be Pierre’s decision,” Smith said when asked about Hellberg’s status? “For sure, he played a great game for us and with all the injuries that happen to goalkeepers these days, he’s going to be here for the next moment.”

The Senators know that if they put Hellberg on waivers, he’ll likely get caught by the Kraken or another team that needs NHL help. It makes sense not to be in a rush and the club have room on the list to keep Hellberg here.

If the club decides to move on, Dorion may be able to get a draft pick in return.

THE LAST WORDS

Center Tim Stutzle wasn’t thrilled with how he played in losses to the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning on the two-game road trip. “The last two games we lost, I think I played really, really badly,” Stutzle said. “But in the end, you are going to have bad games. For me, the most important thing is to go out and play better every night. The club was outscored 92-41 in both games in Florida, so Stutzle wasn’t the only one who failed to live up to expectations… Dorion was spotted on a flight to Winnipeg on Thursday. This was a pre-planned reconnaissance trip. He spent the first month of the season with the Senators and wants to go out to see other teams. The club are looking for another defender who can help the full-back. These are not easy to find… D Artem Zub missed his third straight game with an upper body injury. He won’t play Saturday against the Flyers, but hasn’t been ruled out for the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday… One area the Senators are trying to improve is shot blocking. “If you prevent pucks from reaching the net, you have a better chance of winning,” the winger said Mathieu-Joseph. “It sucks, and it hurts sometimes, but you do it for your team.”

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