Talbot continues to wow as Oilers wrap up successful road trip

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Turns out, all the Edmonton Oilers had to do was trade Justin Schultz.

In all seriousness, the Oilers wrapped up a four-game road trip with a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. Edmonton recorded three wins and a loss on the trip, and they have goaltender Cam Talbot to thank.

Talbot's been a wall of late. He stopped a remarkable 105 of 107 shots in three games on the trip, good for an astounding .981 save percentage. He's won four in a row, allowing a goal or less in each start, and has a .979 save percentage over his last four games, and a .967 save percentage over his last six games. Phenomenal numbers, yeah.

After a slow start to his career in Edmonton, Talbot's been heating up since December. He's proving he's a No. 1 goalie, and proving he's worth the draft picks the Oilers used to trade for him, and the faith the club showed in him by signing him to a three-year contract extension.

Month Starts SV%
October 9  .897
November 3 .864
December 6 .934
January 9 .932
February 12 .914
March 3 .981

"Things are going in the right direction right now," Talbot said after Sunday's win. "I just want to keep it up."

"It's almost becoming routine for him, but I don't think it's easy by any means," said head coach Todd McLellan.

They're almost alarming words to write: The Oilers may have themselves a goalie.

Talbot continues to wow as Oilers wrap up successful road trip
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