The Edmonton Oilers have several holes on their roster and in their system, but goaltending seems to be one of the situations that the Oilers can improve on without doing anything.
While consistency was the biggest concern for Dubnyk and the team, the first and final stretches of games saw Dubnyk play his best hockey of the season. But there were of course those games in the middle, those games where the entire team seemed to struggle. And now that Dubnyk is looking for another contract, what can we expect that to look like?
The Edmonton Oilers have two first overall players and a third one this summer but it is Jordan Eberle making headlines in the post season. Eblere was surely an easy pick for Team Canada and the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Sweden and Finland and now that pick is paying off.
Oilers lose 3-2 to Ducks in OT
It was only Jeff Deslaurier’s 3rd start with the Anaheim Ducks, but this game may be his most memorable. Playing against his former team, and against the netminder with whom he had competed against and with for the majority of his professional career in Devan Dubnyk, Deslaurier was the goaltender to walk away with the win.
Oilers beat Ducks (no April fools joke) 2-1
Three first period goals and all scored by a Teemu, this was an NHL first in what may have been Teemu Selanne’s last home game as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. While fans filled the lower bowl with signs asking for one more year, Selanne remained mum on the subject.
Oilers lose 3-2 to Coyotes
It was close, so close. The Oilers nearly had their first victory over the Phoenix Coyotes of the season, even if it was during their last meeting of the season. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. After taking a two goal second period lead, the Oilers finally succumbed to the Yotes in the third period and lost in the shootout.
Oilers beat Jets 5-3
This was the Edmonton Oilers’ first trip to Winnipeg in 16 years, but it’s funny how some things remain the same. While the Jets put up a good fight, the Oilers saw scoring from all positions and made this look like an easy two points.
There was also an unexpected Finn who earned what looked to be an easy two points; Lennart Petrell. Petrell has never had a muti-point game in the NHL but in Winnipeg where they once loved another Finnish player, Lenny would blossom.
Oilers shutout Flyers 2-0
It was a rare visit by the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday night in Edmonton, so rare in fact that the last time the Flyers won in Rexall Place was March 19, 2001. It’s not as though the Flyers play in Edmonton every year, although that would be a good change, but rather the teams only face each other in Edmonton every two to three years. Still, this victory is sweet for the Oilers; they need all of the wins they can get if only for their own sense of pride.
About Oil Patch
Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.
Oil Patch focuses on the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings, The Oklahoma City Barons and Team Canada Hockey with game coverage, news updates, speculation and interviews.
Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.
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