February 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (35) makes a save as Detroit Red Wings center Joakim Andersson (63) is defended by Edmonton defenseman Justin Schultz (19) in the first period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Week That Was: Between The Pipes

The Oilers are having trouble putting goals into the net. Fortunately, they’re getting some solid goaltending between the pipes.

Between February 8th and February 14th, the Oilers played three games.

  • February 9th in Detroit (Khabibulin)
  • February 10th in Columbus (Dubnyk)
  • February 12th vs. Dallas (Dubnyk)

Here are the results, followed by cumulative season numbers.

Nikolai Khabibulin made his season debut against the Detroit Red Wings.  And, as frightened as I was by that prospect, Khabibulin kept the Oilers in that game, turning aside 28 of 30 Detroit shots, allowing two power play goals.  The Oilers were only able to put up one goal, and Detroit trumped Edmonton by a final score of 2-1.  Khabibulin’s SV% finished at .933.  Not bad for a day’s work.

Add together Devan Dubnyk‘s two starts against Columbus and Dallas, and Dubnyk turned aside 64 of 69 shots (39/40 versus Columbus, and 25/29 against Dallas).  64/69 works out to a SV% of .927, which is right about at Dubnyk’s season average of .923.  The Oilers went 1-1 in these two games.

Solid goaltending hasn’t been a problem.  If this team could score four goals against Colorado tomorrow, that’d be nice.

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