A source in Edmonton shared this afternoon that the players have chipped in to buy both of their goaltenderes a spa day for Christmas. The gift comes days after Cam Talbot made 44 saves in a 3-1 win versus the Winnipeg Jets; the highlights of the game feature four goals and the rest is primarily saves from Cam Talbot, for he stole the game for the Oilers.
Both goalies have been performing well, with a few notable exceptions: Nilsson against the Avalanche (29 shots, 5 goals) and Nilsson against the Rangers on Dec. 15 (21 shots, 4 goals). But both goalies have been great during the month of December, during which the Oilers have allowed 40 or more shots on goal four times in ten games.
The team decided that they needed to reward their goalies, and they purchased Anders Nilsson and Cam Talbot a spa day to help them recover from all the pucks they’ve taken. With 10 members of the team making an average of more than two million dollars per season, there is no doubt that the goalies will be experiencing a truly luxurious day at the spa.
It is very important to the Oilers that the goalies return from their Christmas break in good condition, for the Oilers resume their season in Vancouver with a key divisional matchup. Should the Oilers win their game versus the Canucks, they would be one point out of a playoff spot with a game in hand on the team above them. Additionally, the Oilers are in a great position even without Connor McDavid and Nail Yakupov, who are both expected to return soon.
Ultimately, following the Christmas break the Oilers will have a great opportunity to turn their season from a comparatively good one (they are are not last) to an actually good one. Certainly coach Todd Mclellan will be hoping his team is not looking ahead, but simply looking towards the next game and focusing on the win.