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Dubnyk to start versus Habs, hoping to ‘turn things around’

Oct 9, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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Even after backup Jason LaBarbera helped the Oilers to their first win Monday, struggling Devan Dubnyk will be back in Edmonton’s net tomorrow versus visiting Montreal.

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins announced the decision today.

The undisputed number one heading into the season, Dubnyk was shaky in his first two starts, surrendering 10 goals — including a couple from long range — on 59 shots to Winnipeg and Vancouver.

Of course, LaBarbera was hardly a brick wall in his lone start versus New Jersey, allowing four goals on 25 shots in a 5-4 shootout victory. So the decision to go back to Dubnyk in hopes of rebuilding his confidence makes sense, especially at this point in the season.

“There’s lots of hockey left to play,” Dubnyk said. “I’m excited to get back in there and turn things around.”

  1. stcrowe - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    This is certainly good news for the Habs.

  2. joey4id - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Tip for Habs! Shoot from outside the blue line. ;-)

  3. matt14gg - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Dubnyk is the classic case of a goalie who is too tall. It sounds counterintuitive but there is a point at which height becomes a detriment to playing goalie in today’s NHL. Years ago goaltending was all about angles and depth so it was good to be super tall (or more accurately, big). Nowadays it is about lateral movement and covering holes. The taller goalies tend to have pronounced 5, 6 & 7 holes and don’t move as well side to side. The ideal size for a goalie today is 6′ 1″ to 6′ 2″ and that is typically what scouts look for.

  4. matt14gg - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    BTW, that’s not to say a tall goalie can’t be good. It’s just that if a goalie is going to be super tall he also needs to be athletic and agile and Dubnyk is neither.

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