GDB 27.0: BACK-TO-BACK?

Jason Gregor
November 29 2013 10:14AM

Ilya Bryzgalov couldn't have written a better script. In his first start as an Oiler, Bryzgalov 33 shots and picked up his first win and first shutout. Brzygalov is the first goalie to register a shutout in his first game as an Oiler since Jussi Markannen did it in 2001.

Does Eakins go back-to-back with Brzygalov or should he play a rested Devan Dubnyk?

Before you start yelling and ferociously hitting your keyboard with insults that I'm an idiot for even asking the question, read on.

The Oilers haven't won back-to-back road games on consecutive nights since December 1st and 2nd, 2010 when they beat Toronto and Montreal. Dubnyk beat the Habs 4-3 and the next night Nikolai Khabibulin shutout the Leafs 5-0.

Last night was Bryzgalov's first NHL start since April 25th, a span of 217 days, so he's likely a bit fatigued.

Eric T from NHLnumbers.com and Broadstreethockey wrote this piece about why you shouldn't play goalies on back-to-back nights.

He compared goalies who played on consecutive nights to goalies who played on one day's rest. Goalies playing on back-to-back nights, who usually are the starters for their respective team, see a significant dip in their SV%.

I understand that Eric's numbers are just guidelines and Eakins will go with his gut instinct, he's decided to start Bryzgalov, but considering how hard it is for Edmonton to win road games on consecutive nights, starting Dubnyk isn't as outlandish as you might think.

Dubnyk has played much better recently, he shutout Columbus ten days ago, and for the first time in a long time the Oilers are healthy and have competition for icetime throughout the lineup. This team needs some internal competition, and when I take into account Bryzgalov's recent lack of recent playing time, potential fatigue and the Oilers history on back-to-back nights, I'd lean towards starting Dubnyk tonight and going back to Bryzgalov on Sunday in Dallas.

Eakins doesn't like to mess with a winning lineup, and you could easily argue why starting Bryzgalov tonight is the right decision as well.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Gordon-Perron
Jones-Arcobello-Joensuu

Ference-Petry
Grebeshkov-J.Schultz
Belov-N.Schultz

Bryzgalov

No need to change any forwards or D-men. Eakins was able to roll four lines last night due to the solid play of the 4th line, but also because the Oilers were protecting a lead. I'm not sure we will see many games where the difference in icetime from the top forward, David Perron 18:29, to the lowest, Ryan Jones 11:12, is only seven minutes.

Eakins was able to rest his top forwards, Hall played 17:12 while Eberle played 15:45, so they shouldn't have heavy legs tonight in Columbus.

QUICK HITS....

  • It is interesting how people's attitudes and thoughts change after a win. The Oilers won and no one was ripping Eakins for only playing Nail Yakupov 12:54. Earlier in the season after another loss many fans were livid that Yakupov was only playing 14 or 15 minutes. Winning cures almost everything, and it sure would be a refreshing change to discuss more victories than losses.
     
  • The 4th line played very well last night, but it was only one game. I need to see how Eakins will use his bench in tie games or when his team is trailing. I suspect it will be much different, but Jones and Arcobello, not surprisingly, were flying.
     
  • The Blue Jackets have been wildly inconsistent the past few games. Over their last six games they won 4-1, lost 7-0, won 2-1, lost 6-2, won 6-0 and lost 4-0. That is why betting on hockey is extremely painful for me.
     
  • Since the Blue Jackets entered the NHL, the Oilers have dominated them to the tune of 29-10-3-5, and they are a respectable 10-6-3-4 in Columbus. Most of the Oilers love playing the Blue Jackets:

    Nugent-Hopkins: 1 goal and 11 points in 7 games.
    Hall: 4 goals and 12 points in 9 games.
    Eberle: 6 goals and 12 points in 10 games.
    Hemsky: 14 goals and 39 points in 33 games.
    Smyth: 19 goals and 47 points in 46 games.
    Gagner: Eight goals and 21 points in 23 games.
    Jones: 6 goals and 13 points in 17 games. Most career points vs. any NHL team.
    Perron: 11 goals and 25 points in 29 games. Most career points vs. any NHL team.
     
  • The Oilers are at the midway point of the "easiest" stretch of their schedule. The Oilers had an 11 game stretch where they play CGY, CBJ, FLO, CHIC, NSH, CBJ, DALL, PHO, COL, CGY AND CAR. The Oilers are 4-1 thus far, and if they want to climb out of the basement in the western conference and get to where they don't need binoculars to see Minnesota or Vancouver's point totals, they need to go at least 4-2 in the remaining six games.
     
  • Eberle has 12 points in his last 11 games. He had 10 points in his first 10 games. In between those streaks he went five games without a point. If he stays healthy, don't be surprised to see him reach the 70-point mark again.
     
  • Hall has 19 points in 19 games, and he has 56 games to play. He should surpass 70 points as well.
     
  • Nugent-Hopkins has 20 points in 24 games. He'd be on pace for 66 points, but with a slight increase in production he could reach 70 as well.
     
  • The last time the Oilers had two 70-point players was in 2005/2006. Hemsky had 77, while Shawn Horcoff had 73. Jarret Stoll had 68 points that season.
     
  • If Eberle reaches the 70-point mark he'll become the 9th player in Oiler history to have multiple 70-point seasons.

    Jari Kurri had 10.
    Wayne Gretzky had 9, but 137 points was his lowest total. Sick
    Mark Messier had 8.
    Glenn Anderson had 8.
    Doug Weight had 6.
    Paul Coffey had 5.
    Esa Tikkanen had 3.
    Ales Hemsky had 2.

    Twelve players have done it once: Jimmy Carson (100), Blair MacDonald (94) Vincent Damphousse (89), Mike Krushelynski (88), Joe Murphy (82), Craig Simpson (76), Eberle (76), (Ken Linseman (75), Dave Lumley (74), Horcoff (73), Zdeno Ciger and Ryan Smyth (70). 

MIRROR, MIRROR...

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Despite bucking the odds and playing Bryzgalov, Eakins looks smart and the Oilers pick up their 30th victory over the Blue Jackets by a 4-1 score.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: RNH, Hall and Eberle combine on a first period goal.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Denis Grebeshkov decides to give Wanye and Oilersnation a late 6th birthday present. Grebeshkov is the only player Wanye ever picked as his GOAT two years in a row, and after learning he wasn't Wanye's GOAT for a 3rd time, Grebeshkov repays Wanye by scoring his first goal of the season. It is also his 2nd career against the Blue Jackets, which ties his career high for goals vs. one team.

DAY TWO...MONTH OF GIVING...

We had an excellent first day. Yesterday we raised $7,000 thanks to Brad's bid and the fine folks at Petersen Buick GMC for donating a one-year lease on a 2014 GMC Sierra.

Today's package includes....

You can bid by calling 780.444.1260 or 1.800.243.1945. All the proceeds will go to Santas Anonymous. Thanks in advance to all of those who make a bid.

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#1 They're $hittie
November 29 2013, 10:53AM
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Who would you rather start tonight?

Props for Bryzy

Trash for Dubnyk

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#2 A-Mc
November 29 2013, 10:35AM
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I thought Bryz was good but a little shakey. It's normal for a 1st game to be a little off, but somehow he came out with the ShutOut.

I think Dubnyk is the better, more consistent goalie (for better or worse), but i think Bryz has the greater potential to steal you games on any given night. Basically, my thoughts are that Bryz will either be fantastic, or stink. Nothing in between. Duby will always let in the softy, but he can be the more consistent ~3GAA option of the two.

i dont know who should start but you have to reward a SO if Bryz feels good..

BRYZ LIGHTYEAR TO THE RESCUE

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#3 rob
November 29 2013, 10:22AM
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Bryz is the modern day Rollie!A goalie everyone thought was done,laughed upon on signing and will show us all wrong.I do not think he is a stanley cup goalie(might prove me wrong) but after watching dubbie play hes a far cry better,very nice to watch a real nhl caliber goaltender play the angles and perform above par.Please get rid of dubbie now and get us a real backup for the BRYZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#4 Spydyr
November 29 2013, 11:03AM
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A-Mc wrote:

I thought Bryz was good but a little shakey. It's normal for a 1st game to be a little off, but somehow he came out with the ShutOut.

I think Dubnyk is the better, more consistent goalie (for better or worse), but i think Bryz has the greater potential to steal you games on any given night. Basically, my thoughts are that Bryz will either be fantastic, or stink. Nothing in between. Duby will always let in the softy, but he can be the more consistent ~3GAA option of the two.

i dont know who should start but you have to reward a SO if Bryz feels good..

BRYZ LIGHTYEAR TO THE RESCUE

The only two thing Dubnyk is consistent at is letting in week goals and being inconsistent.

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#5 Zamboni Driver
November 29 2013, 09:30PM
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The funniest thing I have heard in eons was on Gregor's show today. Recounting Oilers who are top-10 at their position.

He said Hall (Taylor Hall, who has 7 goals)...okay. I'll go in with that I guess. Barely.

The funny part was the long hesitation for Nugent-Hopkins, long long pause, after which he decided that no, RNH is not there yet.

I almost drove in the ditch.

RNH is not a top 30 centre in the NHL. Maybe not top 50.

And he's our 'star first line centre' - maybe that's part of the problem, ya think?

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#6 Spydyr
November 29 2013, 11:01AM
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OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Bryzy starts.Oilers win.Dubnyk sits on the bench and contemplates which team he will sign with next year.....as a back-up.

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#7 pkam
November 29 2013, 11:37AM
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Spydyr wrote:

The only two thing Dubnyk is consistent at is letting in week goals and being inconsistent.

Only Dubnyk let in weak goals and no other goalies do?

Bryz is so much better than Dubnyk? Did you watch the playoff between the Pens and Flyers in 2012? I guess 0.887 SV% and 3.46 GA in 11 games is so much better than Dubnyk's start this year.

I really hope Bryz will ever play like that again. At least not as an Oilers.

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#8 Spydyr
November 29 2013, 02:15PM
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pkam wrote:

Out of the 3 goalie you mention, only Halak is an upgrade to Dubnyk. Hiller is on par with Dubnyk, and Elliot is a downgrade.

In your opinion.

IMO you are way over rating Dubnyk.

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#9 Robin Brownlee
November 29 2013, 11:33PM
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@Zamboni Driver

-- Twenty centres have more points than RNH so far this season.

-- In 2012-13, RNH played 40 of 48 games. 55 centres had more points.

-- In 2011-12, RNH played in just 62 of 82 games. He finished 32nd in scoring among centres as a rookie.

-- RNH is 20 years old. He has done this on lousy teams. Still a lot of work to do, notably on face-offs, but probably fair to say that just out of his teens, he's a work in progress and there's room for improvement.

I don't see RNH in the top-10 and I don't think NHL GMs would either, if you polled them. I'm also confident the majority would put him in the 15-25th range. Not a lock, but certainly in the conversation.

None of what was said today in the comment you cite strikes me as the funniest thing "in eons." And you almost drove in the ditch? My. Maybe not top 50, eh?

Now, that's funny.

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#10 South of Cowtown
November 29 2013, 10:21AM
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Nice to see the Bryz get his FIST win!

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#11 Spydyr
November 29 2013, 12:33PM
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pkam wrote:

Only Dubnyk let in weak goals and no other goalies do?

Bryz is so much better than Dubnyk? Did you watch the playoff between the Pens and Flyers in 2012? I guess 0.887 SV% and 3.46 GA in 11 games is so much better than Dubnyk's start this year.

I really hope Bryz will ever play like that again. At least not as an Oilers.

No, every goalie lets in weak goals. Dubnyk just lets in one every four or so periods.That is way too much.I would like to compare Dubnyk's playoff performance to Bryz's but Dubnyk has never played in the playoffs in the NHL.

In case you have not noticed it is not 2012 anymore and Bryz is playing for his NHL life.He needs to do well to get a contract next year.That is what is known as motivation.

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#12 Spydyr
November 29 2013, 02:03PM
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Greasy Goal wrote:

I would not like to see Elliott here. He's an average goalie on one of the top 3 teams. He'd get chewed up and spit out here.

So just like Dubnyk then?

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#13 Ari Gold
November 29 2013, 07:05PM
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Pathetic effort tonight. I wish Hemsky was called out once in a while by his coach, or his teammates.

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#14 mayorblaine
November 29 2013, 11:49AM
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you guys climbing on the Bryzgalov bandwagon out to be aware, next galaxy you pass he'll probably drop you off. the wagon is only so humongous big, ain't room for all of ya.

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#15 S cottV
November 29 2013, 03:29PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

If you noticed I referenced Yak's icetime earlier in the year, not the two recent games where they used 5 fwds on the PP...

The point was that when you win, no one cares about minutes of a player. When they lose people want to find things to blame for the loss, and I used Yak's early season icetime.

You don't use 5 fwds on the PP long term, so it is a no-brainer to have Schultz on the first unit. It has nothing to do with Eakins ego.

Eakins wants a D-man on his PP, not five forwards. It is pretty simple and straight forward. There is no drama involved in it.

Amen... 5 forwards on that PP vs Chicago in the early part of the 1st period was so dumb - Eakins deserved to get it rammed up where the sun dont shine. 5 forwards on a PP once in a blue moon - maybe, but playing with fire and that was not the blue moon moment. Made a rookie coach look even more like a rookie coach.

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#16 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 29 2013, 05:28PM
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When you're Russian for a goalie, there's no time for Stalin...

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#17 bulldog12
November 29 2013, 07:01PM
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Not to worry Oiler fans. Hemsky is going to display his skill, grit, heart, veteran savvy and leadership to show these young kids how to come back and win games. Yeah you bet, a non factor again.

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#18 Lil Breezy
November 29 2013, 11:22AM
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Well, let's see if lil' Breezy can repeat his performance.

If he does, I challenge Wanye to start a new poster contest for Lil' Breezy.

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#19 Blucifer Copperballs
November 29 2013, 12:56PM
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Oiler fans are the worst. Bryz has a good game and everyone is calling for Dube's head. No wonder most athletes dont want to come play here.

Bryz had a good game. Dube's numbers from previous years have him as a contendor for a starters job.

Can't we fans just be happy that maybe we are in a place that as long as the team plays well, we have two goalies that can keep them in it and give them a chance to win? Does anybody on here really blame the goalies for the year the Oil have had so far?

I would start Dubnyk tonight. If we were at home and didn't have to travel, i'd say put Bryz back in, but back to backs on the road when you don't have to?

Go lights out again, Bryz. Make me wrong.

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#20 Bucknuck
November 29 2013, 01:50PM
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pkam wrote:

I don't think anyone debate for Dubnyk in his first 5-6 games.

But if you compare our last two games (the Hawks and the Preds), we played much better last night. How many of those quality scoring chances that we gave to the Hawks happened last night?

One question, do you think the result will be different if we swap the goalies in these two games?

Some of those 33 saves Bryz made were on point blank shots from the slot. He had some great poke checks, and didn't allow himself to get beat. He was stellar. He was the difference.

Dubnyk has not been playing at that level much this year, so I actually don't think the Oil would have had a Win if Dubnyk had been in net.

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#21 Spydyr
November 29 2013, 02:38PM
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pkam wrote:

Elliot is way worse than Dubnyk.

In his 3 year with the Blues, his SV% is .940, .907, and .932 so far this year.

And his career SV% is only .910, it is skewed heavily in favor by the great defensive system by Ken Hitchcock.

Just ask a Sens fan if you want to know about Elliot. I am sure they will rather have Dubnyk over him.

Dubnyk faces a lot of low percentage shots from bad angles and long range..Coaches tell their teams to shot from anywhere against him.

Save percentage is not the end all when looking at how good a goalie is.

Personally I prefer a clutch goalie who makes the big save when needed.Something Dubnyk has never done on a consistent basis.

Big saves lift teams soft goals deflate teams.A goalie who constantly lets in weak goals wears on a team.They try to hard to block everything scared to let a shot through.Anyone who has ever played hockey will tell you that.

Teams will try to win one for the goalie if he steals them games then lets in a bad goal.If the team constantly fights back to get close in games then the goalie lets in a soft one.You get what happened the first 20 games this year.A lost season.

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#22 RexHolez
November 29 2013, 03:28PM
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So I take it people are still watching this team do whatever it is they do during games... I love the argument about which crappy goalie is better.... Lets talk about which of our AHL level defenceman is holding their head barely above water the best. Just a couple years away right guys.... The championships are gonna start rolling in right away, just be patient....

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#23 Arius Mumin
November 29 2013, 07:23PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

This effort tonight looks weak. Skate hard all you want. I'm sick of them shying away from contact and the tough areas of the ice.

Get into it, get mean. They look anemic. Feed them a bowl of blood in the 2nd intermission.

Who is "them"? Hemsky's multiple personalities?

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#24 Ari Gold
November 29 2013, 07:31PM
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Arius Mumin wrote:

Who is "them"? Hemsky's multiple personalities?

Yeah. Lazy, lethargic, somnolent and all-star.

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#25 Clarko
November 29 2013, 10:32AM
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rob wrote:

Bryz is the modern day Rollie!A goalie everyone thought was done,laughed upon on signing and will show us all wrong.I do not think he is a stanley cup goalie(might prove me wrong) but after watching dubbie play hes a far cry better,very nice to watch a real nhl caliber goaltender play the angles and perform above par.Please get rid of dubbie now and get us a real backup for the BRYZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's one game dude. I was also impressed with Bryz, but I would say the evaluation on the goaltending situation needs to be longer than ONE start.

What impressed me even more was that the Oilers gave up very few high quality scoring chances. There weren't any wide open Predators roaming the slot with no Oilers within 10 feet of them. If they can continue that kind of defensive play, that will go a long way to improving their record.

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#26 Edsez
November 29 2013, 11:41AM
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That 4th line looks like it could be a keeper

Arcobello's speed and ability to distribute the puck with Jones' finishing touch and Joenssu's tenacity has the promise to generate some scoring chances

I would lean towards Dubnyk tonight

With all the injured back this is starting to look like an NHL lineup, my mantra is now ...... the Oilers could be the hottest team in the league the 2nd half of the season (he says with fingers crossed)

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#27 Spydyr
November 29 2013, 12:59PM
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Blucifer Copperballs wrote:

Oiler fans are the worst. Bryz has a good game and everyone is calling for Dube's head. No wonder most athletes dont want to come play here.

Bryz had a good game. Dube's numbers from previous years have him as a contendor for a starters job.

Can't we fans just be happy that maybe we are in a place that as long as the team plays well, we have two goalies that can keep them in it and give them a chance to win? Does anybody on here really blame the goalies for the year the Oil have had so far?

I would start Dubnyk tonight. If we were at home and didn't have to travel, i'd say put Bryz back in, but back to backs on the road when you don't have to?

Go lights out again, Bryz. Make me wrong.

Some of us have not been Dubnyk fans for years now.

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#28 Raine
November 29 2013, 01:28PM
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Clarko wrote:

It's one game dude. I was also impressed with Bryz, but I would say the evaluation on the goaltending situation needs to be longer than ONE start.

What impressed me even more was that the Oilers gave up very few high quality scoring chances. There weren't any wide open Predators roaming the slot with no Oilers within 10 feet of them. If they can continue that kind of defensive play, that will go a long way to improving their record.

Disagree. The Oilers gave up quite a few good quality scoring chances and the one timer from the slotnwas present again. Not nearly as bad as say the first dozen games but plenty of good shots came Bryzgalovs way. Bryz played cool, calm and collective and these chances looked a lot less significant as past games. I'm not all on the Bryz band wagon but he played fantastic last night.

Like you say, one game. But don't let good goaltending over shadow the chances the Oilers allowed.

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#29 Spydyr
November 29 2013, 01:46PM
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pkam wrote:

Tell me how many soft goals Dubnyk let in in the last 4 games. Dubnyk's career SV% is 0.911. If he lets in more soft goals, then he has to make more saves to keep his SV% at average level. And he has to do it behind a terrible defense group.

And Bryz's .887 SV% was behind a better Philly defense group (not great but better than the Oilers defense group), and with some of the players that the fans here want to acquire to upgrade our defense.

That last four games includes the game Dubnyk allowed four goals on only 14 shots and got pulled.

You can believe Dubnyk is the answer moving forward here.I don't and neither does the GM.

IMO they will pick up one of Hiller , Halak or Elliott this summer.

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#30 Arius Mumin
November 29 2013, 02:00PM
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@GREGOR

Why is that interesting to you? When I read the first sentence-I thought you was onto something.

When Oilers win the negativity takes a long nap, just like that DSF thing.

Eakins ego spoke about accountability, so at times when it Eakins loses his senses , he acts on it. If you recall the turnover against the Hawks on the PP, Yakupov was the last Oiler to try to play the puck before Toews scored. Eakins ego struck and it gave Schultz Yak's PP time. Last night's PPs would account for about another minute or two of Yak's playing time. It is not a big deal.

Since Schultz didn't gel with the 1st PP unit last night, Egins will put Yak back in and go with the 5man PP. OGDP; Yak will score while on the PP.

Put the Yak BS aside. You had nothing to say about Yak so you went at a few of his loyalists. Oh Sweet Valley High.!

Why not discuss if it should be Yak or Schultz on the 1st PP unit? Or something like that, anything like that. Something interesting.

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#31 Arius Mumin
November 29 2013, 07:03PM
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bulldog12 wrote:

Not to worry Oiler fans. Hemsky is going to display his skill, grit, heart, veteran savvy and leadership to show these young kids how to come back and win games. Yeah you bet, a non factor again.

Go play with your non factor.!..

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#32 Arius Mumin
November 29 2013, 07:22PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

Pathetic effort tonight. I wish Hemsky was called out once in a while by his coach, or his teammates.

Hopefully Santa sees you as one of the nice bunch and grants you your wish this holiday season.

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#33 bazmagoo
November 29 2013, 07:43PM
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My guess is Hemsky leaves at the trade deadline for a 2nd round pick, he no longer fits in with the Oilers and it's time to move on (has been for a while). Unfortunately that is likely the most we can get for him.

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#34 S cottV
November 29 2013, 10:45AM
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With the shutout victory going with Bryz probably the thing to do. If was 3 to 2 with a strong Bryz showing, go back to Dubie. Nice to see the win, but its one game - keep both goalies well in the mix, at least until real trends start to show. Nice to see breakdowns occur at the other end of the rink for a change. Nashville coverage on RNH's goal, looked like a failed swarm and their d man's failure to identify Hall moving into a 2 on 1, was another nice gift. This is the stuff we usually do to Dubie, so - we capitalize and get the win.

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#35 OilCanFan
November 29 2013, 11:20AM
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"The Oilers won and no one was ripping Eakins for only playing Nail Yakupov 12:54. Earlier in the season after another loss many fans were livid that Yakupov was only playing 14 or 15 minutes. Winning cures almost everything, and it sure would be a refreshing change to discuss more victories than losses" - Jason Gregor

I won't rip him because I think the reason Yakupov only played that amount was due to the Arcobello line seeing more ice that the previous 4th lines. I will question why the Gordon/Smyth/Perron line was out more than than that and I think Gordon and Smyth should have had less ice time then they did. A lot of players had lower TOI than usual like Eberle playing less that Smyth which to me is wrong. Before you give the argument about LW vs. RW, Perron could play either.

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#36 oilerjed
November 29 2013, 11:35AM
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With a Phillyesque run the Oil COULD be .500 by xmas. Stick that in your stocking DSF! These are the games that need to be won if it is to happen though. Feast on the cellar dwellers! Possibly cannibilism but do what ya need to do in a storm.

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#37 TayLordBalls
November 29 2013, 12:27PM
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if Dubnyk is put in tonight, he'll be playing for his job.

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#38 camdog
November 29 2013, 12:29PM
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Spydyr wrote:

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Bryzy starts.Oilers win.Dubnyk sits on the bench and contemplates which team he will sign with next year.....as a back-up.

If Bryzgalof plays well for the remainder of the season do you really think he signs a long term contract to stay in the North Pole?

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#39 Manfly
November 29 2013, 12:31PM
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^yes! the Oilers will open the vaults for him for a long term deal.

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#40 Blucifer Copperballs
November 29 2013, 01:24PM
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I'm gonna heff to enjoy dis game wit my 5 favorite Russians:

Yakupov Grebeshkov Belov Bryzgalov Shmirnoff

HA!

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#41 Spurzey
November 29 2013, 02:25PM
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Do not sign that nutball of a goalie..Bryzgalov. He will never play here. He doesn't like the weather. Look how well he played in Philly. They liked him so much they bought him out, etc, etc, etc.

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#42 Spydyr
November 29 2013, 02:59PM
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I really have no idea how you come up with the idea that Elliot is a better goalie than Dubnyk.

I don't watch the other team's games but I watch the highlight in NHL.com. Did you?

If you didn't, then go to NHL.com and watch some of the highlight that Elliot played when he was a Sens and count how many soft goals he let in.

If you want an elite goalie, Dubnyk is not the answer, but neither is any one of the three you mentioned.

Hiller or Halak would be an upgrade IMO Elliott would be a lateral move but sometimes a change is needed.

I pvr sportscenter and watch the highlights most days.

Who would you like to see come here as an elite goalie?

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#43 Arius Mumin
November 29 2013, 07:37PM
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Yeah. Lazy, lethargic, somnolent and all-star.

Says a lot about the NHL, eh? Keeping in mind that he is not even one of the top forwards on the Oilers roster. Don't forget enigmatic as well, for both Hemsky and the NHL.

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#44 Rod from Viking
November 29 2013, 07:39PM
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Pathetic effort tonight. I wish Hemsky was called out once in a while by his coach, or his teammates.

I haven't heard Eakins say we could use more Hemsky's since game #2, I would bet KHL is in his future.

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#45 Cynic
November 29 2013, 08:06PM
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A better guess would be that Hemsky gets off-loaded at the deadline for a 5th rounder. If the Oiles are lucky.

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Eakins is supposed to be an advanced stats guy. Why did he start BRyzgalov?. The guy has only played 4 games since april, I'm the driver of the BRyz bandwagon but the smart play was to start Dubnyk.

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#47 A-Mc
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It's going to take about 4x 4-2 stretches for this team to make it back to .500 hockey. It is unbelievable how bad that first quarter was.. it has Eff'd us in the A. Hard.

At this point, that is my hope for the #Oilers this season: a .500 finish and it all starts tonight with the 5pm puck drop!

GDP: I'm too scurrred to predict anything so i'll leave it to "the gods".

OGDP: NUUUGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

NSOGDP: The 4th line ends up being our best line tonight. They score twice!

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#48 Will
November 29 2013, 12:03PM
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To everyone upset about people jumping on the Bryz 'bandwagon', after our goalies let us down at the beginning of the year, I don't think it's a bandwagon people are jumping on when the replacement gets a 33 shot shut out in his first start. It's more like a sigh of relief. Sure it's just one game, but the guy got a shut out on 33 saves. It is a big deal, especially on this team.

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#49 Dennis
November 29 2013, 01:00PM
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Bryz is in net as per the Oilers twitter.

Edmonton Oilers ‏@EdmontonOilers 1h Coach Eakins discusses going back to Bryzgalov in net, as well as tonight's #Oilers matchup with #CBJ | VIDEO > http://ow.ly/riOFo

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#50 nuge2nail
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Oilers Domination To Follow

Bryzz looked solid against Chicago as well, he could easily be running a 100+ minute shutout streak.

Here's hoping for another shutout tonight, the team and fans could use someone to rally around.

Above average goaltending could lead to playing meaningful games again.

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