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Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot (33) makes the save against the Carolina Hurricanes during first period preseason NHL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday September 25, 2017.

The status of the Edmonton Oilers’ No. 1 goaltender is up in the air as the team gets set to host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Cam Talbot missed practice at Rogers Place on Wednesday.

“He tweaked something in his upper body,” Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said. “He’s getting looked at today. I’m not ruling him out for tomorrow, but if he can’t go tomorrow and doesn’t back-up, then we have to recall a goaltender.”

If the Oilers wind up bringing up a goalie from Bakersfield, then Anton Slepyshev or Jesse Puljujarvi would likely be assigned to the farm. They can both be sent down without having to be put on waivers.

The Oilers are going to need solid goaltending and defence against Toronto. The Maple Leafs boast the most potent offence in the NHL with a league-leading 92 goals. The Leafs’ resurgence should amp up the the showdown between two Canadian teams.

“Every game is exciting, but the atmosphere in the building is better. Our team seems to feed off that stuff,” Oilers winger Zack Kassian said. “It’s probably going to be emotional. Those are fun games to be in.”

Puljujarvi skated on a line with Connor McDavid and Milan Lucic at Tuesday’s practice.

With Talbot absent, Alberta Golden Bears goalie Kenny Cameron filled in at practice.

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Minnesota Wild’s Jason Zucker (16), head coach Bruce Boudreau, top center, and Mikael Granlund (64), of Finland, watch as Marcus Foligno (17) takes the ice against the Dallas Stars during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn.

After spending their entire careers with the Buffalo Sabres, both Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis were ecstatic to learn they were being traded to the Minnesota Wild this offseason.

They were tired of losing.

As a part of a massive rebuild with the Sabres, Foligno and Ennis were subjected to competing with substandard teams. It netted the Sabres a cornerstone piece in the form of star winger Jack Eichel, but the he process was hard for players to stomach.

“It was tough,” Foligno said. “We knew we were put in a spot where we didn’t have the best team, so we got trampled a lot of nights.”

“t’s great to be a part of a culture that’s determined to win a Stanley Cup this season,” Ennis said. “You know, Buffalo has been in kind of a rebuild process, and everyone knows they’ve had quite a few losses over the last few seasons, and that’s tough on everybody. … Everyone that plays competitive sports wants to win. It’s definitely nice to be here, where losing is not an option.”

Foligno and Ennis came to the Wild in a June 30 trade that sent Jason Pominville and Marco Scandella to the Sabres. It remains to be seen which team actually won the trade, though Wednesday’s game at the KeyBank Center should provide a good snapshot, as it marks the first time both teams have played each other since the move.

“I’m sure they’re going to be pumped up tomorrow night,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We will put them in the best spots available.”

Boudreau said he’s been pleased with the way Foligno and Ennis have adapted to a winning culture. While neither player has stuffed the stat sheet — Foligno has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in 19 games; Ennis has five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in 20 games — they are finding niches with each passing game.

“Learning in a hurry that losing is really not accepted,” Boudreau said. “You can’t make positives out of losing. The only way to have fun is to win. Nothing else matters. The sacrifices guys have to make, whether it’s in practice or the game, are probably something that Marcus and Tyler haven’t been used to.”

Foligno said it hasn’t been easy jumping into a winning culture.

“It’s been challenging for us,” Foligno said. “You have to develop better habits, and that takes a while to learn. That was the biggest difference. It’s been great to be in this winning culture, where losing is not acceptable and a lot is expected out of us.”

Foligno added that he likes the way that everyone in the locker room holds each other accountable.

“It’s not like we have guys yelling at each other or anything like that,” he said. “You just have guys letting other guys know that they have to make a better play next time. … It goes all the way from the leadership down to the rookies. That makes the team better.”

Listening to the way Foligno and Ennis talk about being members of the Wild, it’s clear that the struggles with the Sabres have made both hungrier. Ennis was in Buffalo for eight seasons, Foligno for six.

“I still haven’t played in the playoffs,” Foligno said. “It’s been tough every summer to have to go back home early and watch (older brother) Nick play a couple times in the playoffs and see his success. Just in general to see a Stanley Cup get hoisted every season and me not being the person that’s doing it is tough. That is something that’s fueled me and something I want to bring here to the Wild.”

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LA blows an early two-goal lead after taking their foot off the gas.

Okay, I’ll recap the first ten minutes for you very quickly. On the first shift of Tuesday night’s hockey game, the Los Angeles Kings scored. LA forced a turnover, Tanner Pearson took a shot that had no right to beat Anders Nilsson but somehow did, and it was 1-0. A couple minutes later, as a power play wound down, Anze Kopitar found acres of space in front of Nilsson, and Dustin Brown found him with a pass to make it 2-0.

That was not the story by the time the game ended. Vancouver had come all the way back to win a 3-2 decision, and even though the Kings ended up ahead on scoring chances and shot attempts, it could not have felt more like the Kings had been overrun by a team everyone assumed was inferior.

Why is that? The early goals didn’t help, as the game flow from Natural Stat Trick shows. When it came to 5v5 play, Vancouver was only on top after falling behind by 2, while LA was only on top after the Canucks took the lead in the third period.

This is a bit misleading because the Kings got a whole lot of pressure out of their power play, firing 11 shots on Nilsson. Kopitar’s goal came after three other shots on the PP, and with a 7-0 shots advantage, it truly did feel like LA was dominating even though they hadn’t done the hard work at even strength. By the time LA needed to do that, though, they were fending off a Vancouver team that didn’t have much more to lose. They turtled, allowing the Canucks the next seven shots on goal and 19 of the next 23. The 19th shot was a game-tying goal for Bo Horvat, who established inside position on Jake Muzzin and tucked a rebound past Jonathan Quick. While the first goal, a Henrik Sedin that bested Quick by way of Nick Shore’s rear end, was fluky, the second was a culmination of Vancouver’s pressure. It came at the exact midpoint of the game.

The problem was that, even with no lead to protect, LA failed to get back on top. They got a few shots on net and Vancouver didn’t pepper Quick from that point on, but the remainder of the second saw LA in their own end. The Kings yielded a penalty shot to Brandon Sutter — admittedly on a soft call — and even though Quick saved it, the Kings had to be pleased when a late too-many-men call ensured they would get to the third with a tie score.

The Kings looked great in the third. It was too late. They had left themselves with no wiggle room, and when debutante Andrew Crescenzi took a high-sticking penalty on Derek Dorsett, Sven Baertschi capitalized after a nifty bit of passing.

It was not a great showing for Crescenzi or linemates Brook Laich and Michael Amadio, as the Kings attempted zero shots on goal with those three out there, but blaming them for the loss would be foolish given how sloppy the team looked. If great chances for Alec Martinez (tipped by Nilsson onto the crossbar) and Adrian Kempe (into Nilsson’s chest at point-blank range) had gone in we might again be focusing on LA’s resilience, but instead we have to contend with the turnovers and failed clearances that resulted in the Vancouver Canucks cycling against the Kings time and time again.

LA has lost three in a row, and though they looked a lot worse against Tampa Bay, this one feels more concerning. The Lightning and the Sharks are very good teams, and the Canucks just haven’t been on their level. The next two matchups are friendly, though. A Brad Marchand-less Boston plays on night 2 of a back-to-back, and the very beatable Florida Panthers follow. The Kings can turn this homestand into a minor hiccup, but they’ll need to clean things up today at practice.

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Just because New York Islanders forward Nikolai Kulemin is out with injury doesn’t mean that Josh Ho-Sang is going to be called up. Sorry.

New York Islanders forward Nikolai Kulemin has been placed on IR. Kulemin was injured after taking a particularly rough boarding hit from Edmonton Oiler’s Eric Gryba this Tuesday.

Kulemin got right up after the hit and headed to the bench, where he was then taken to the team dressing room for evaluation. Kulemin didn’t come back. Not like the Islanders needed him on the night. They still managed to dominate the Oilers even as the game went into the later stages of the third period.

And now a day after the game, the Islanders announce that Nikolai Kulemin will be placed on IR. Leaving a hole on the Islanders roster. And they aren’t calling anyone up before the trip to Dallas and St. Louis. No one.

Yes the Islanders brought back Alan Quine from Bridgeport, but that wasn’t a call-up as Quine was already on the Islanders roster. He was sent down as part of a conditioning stint. So that doesn’t count. And it seems that Garth Snow/Doug Weight won’t rush to fill the spot.

Which makes a bit of sense. I’m not saying it’s the best decision, but it fits with the narrative and the Islanders executive’s M.O. I know we all want Josh Ho-Sang back on the team, but that’s not going to happen, yet.

With Alan Quine on the roster they have a player that can fill Kulemin’s fourth line minutes and responsibilities perfectly. It’s a great 1:1 swap between the two. You don’t bring up Josh Ho-Sang to fill fourth line minutes. That’s not his game, nor should it ever be.

If you do bring Josh Ho-Sang up, its to shift him to that third line where Jason Chimera sits, and have Chimera flow down to the fourth. Again. That seems like a great plan. But there are two issues here.

First being management. They love Jason Chimera. Even after that terrible turnover for the Oilers regulation time goal the other night. They won’t be scratching him for that mistake. Unfortunately. It’s a real: “Can’t teach an old dog new tricks” type of mentality. Again, unfortunately.

The second issue is again management, but this time vis-à-vis Ho-Sang himself. There’s no way they’re ready to call him back up after just a few weeks. The optics would be terrible for the justifications they gave.

Is Ho-Sang really going to be free of his turnover affliction in just a handful of games with Bridgeport? No. And if so, why not keep him up and learn that short lesson at the NHL level?

There wasn’t a call-up and that kind of sucks. We want Josh Ho-Sang back. I know. But the team isn’t going to be ready to call him back unless there’s an injury further up the New York Islanders depth chart.

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The Ottawa Senators got exactly what they wanted Thursday night.

After a disappointing 8-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Monday night, the Senators, who have struggled at home, were determined to come out with a much better effort from start to finish and bounced back with a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

“It was about our identity and getting our identity back,” said Senators coach Guy Boucher. “I talked about our trust in our goaltender, our trust in our leadership and that’s exactly what we got tonight.”

Mark Stone had a goal and an assist to lead the Senators (6-2-5). Alex Burrows and Nate Thompson also scored as Craig Anderson made 24 saves.

From a performance standpoint the Senators couldn’t have asked for much more as all four lines played well.

“We wanted to come out and make sure that we had a good one this game,” said Anderson. “It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond. I thought we did a great job and everyone played one of their best games of the year.”

Jimmy Howard looked good stopping 27 shots, but didn’t have the offensive support needed as Anthony Mantha scored the lone goal for Detroit (6-7-1) which saw its two-game winning streak come to an end.

The Red Wings admitted they didn’t play their best game and weren’t able to take advantage of their opportunities.

“It’s not going to be a pretty game when you play against Ottawa,” said Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg. “We’ve just got to be smart enough and patient enough and really work our chances.”

It wasn’t until the third that Detroit was able to finally beat Anderson.

With the man advantage and an empty net Dylan Larkin fed a pass to Mike Green and Mantha tipped his shot to cut the Senators’ lead to 2-1 at the 16-minute mark.

While the Red Wings pressed for the equalizer Thompson added an empty-net goal to seal the win for Ottawa.

“It’s hard to come back from a 2-0 lead,” admitted Mantha. “The way they play it’s defence first so it’s really hard to come back that late in the game.”

Leading 1-0 the Senators continued to have the edge in play outshooting the Red Wings 14-8 in the second.

“We felt like we really took over (that period), held control, worked them deep and make their (defencemen) skate and turn,” said Stone. “It really was effective and we could have had a couple more for sure.”

The Senators took a 2-0 lead midway through the period when Burrows picked up his second of the season with a power-play goal.

Stone, with his second point of the night, fed Burrows with a perfect pass through the middle to beat Howard stick-side.

Ottawa thought it scored first with Cody Ceci scoring at the three-minute mark, but the goal was called back due to goaltender interference.

The Senators had a number of good chances, but it wasn’t until the final minute of the period that they were able to beat Howard. Stone picked up a Mike Hoffman rebound in front in traffic and slid it through Howard’s legs for a 1-0 lead. Stone now has eight goals and 14 points in 13 games.

Stone has impressed Boucher since he took over coaching the Senators last season and believes the 25-year-old is coming into his own.

“I think this year he’s really taken a prominent role and a leading role,” said Boucher. “I don’t think he’s had one bad practice. There’s not a lot of guys you can say that about. He’s been on…This guy is getting the results of his work ethic.”

Kyle Turris made his return for the Senators after missing the last three games with a viral infection.

The Senators host Las Vegas Saturday afternoon in their final home game before leaving for Sweden Monday night.

Notes: Ottawa D Mark Borowiecki missed his second straight game with a virus. Detroit LW David Booth and RW Luke Witkowski were healthy scratches.