Nice of Cam Talbot to step forward and address the Edmonton Oilers backup goalie situation.

With head coach Todd McLellan taking the whip to him like he was trailing by a neck at the derby – playing him in 22 of the last 23, 40 of the last 43 and 64 of 71 this season – it’s become clear now that the search for a backup is over.

Cam Talbot’s backup is Cam Talbot.

“It worked out that way, that wasn’t the plan,” said McLellan, who’ll start him Monday for the eight time in this pivotal eight-game home stand, after five of six games on the last road trip and 10 in a row before that.

“We had an optional practice (Friday) and Cam was in the office with (goalie coach) Dustin Schwartz and I asked him how he felt and he said great. I asked, ‘Should we keep playing you?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’”

With an eight-point lead over Los Angeles, Talbot having started 10 in a row and the Kings coming to town on Monday, Saturday’s game against the mediocre Canucks is one you usually give to the backup.

So the Oilers started backup Cam Talbot and he posted a 33-save shutout.

Some in the stands and media are wondering when he’s going to hit the wall, but with three of his six shutouts coming in the last third of the season, when he’s been his busiest, the fatigue argument is getting harder and harder to make.