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Dubnyk ‘gets the net’ until he stops ‘rolling’

Nov 18, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov practiced with the Edmonton Oilers today, as expected; however, it’s not clear when the 33-year-old netminder will debut for his new club.

According to head coach Dallas Eakins, as long as regular starter Devan Dubnyk is playing well — a rarity this season; hence, the Bryzgalov signing — the Oilers won’t switch goalies.

“A lot will have to do if Dubs can keep rolling like he is,” said Eakins, per the Canadian Press. “Dubs is going lights out, Dubs gets the net.”

Now, granted, “rolling” is a relative term. Dubnyk’s played reasonably well in his last three games, including Saturday’s 4-2 win over Calgary in which he stopped 33 of 35 shots. But his save percentage for November is just .902, and his overall save percentage is even lower, at .889.

The Oilers host Columbus Tuesday, Florida Thursday and Chicago Monday. They don’t go back-to-back until Nov. 28 (in Nashville) and Nov. 29 (in Columbus).

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    “Why you heff to be rolling?”

    • 19to77 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Man, this storyline is going to be absolutely hilarious to behold. I cannot wait for Breezy’s first start as an Oiler.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    When a goalie plays on horrendous defensive team it seems ridiculous to cite his numbers as some sort of indication how he’s playing

    • jason9696 - Nov 18, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      True. But “Dubs” still isn’t a very good goalie.

      • withseidelinn - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:49 AM

        You think he would be decent on a team that is good defensively though?

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