Devan Dubnyk has been outstanding in goal for the Edmonton Oilers this season. His .921SP ranks him 9th in the league in that category, and if you take that one horrible period against San Jose last week out of the equation we’re talking .942SP. Does Dubnyk look like a different goalie? I think he does. Recently he’s been ranging out of his net more to cut angles and has been outstanding on breakaways–boasting a quick glove. Mostly though it’s that calmness he’s always had (I called it Dreger Face on twitter last night) and I hope they ride Dubnyk until he has a tough game. Why not?
The title of this post comes from one of the funniest lines from 1970′s television. The show didn’t last long, but the line will always be with me. Here’s the promo of the show:
Anyway, it was not a good show, but one of the episodes featured the Doobie Brothers. The line “which Doobie you be?” still makes me laugh 40 years later. Stupid show, funny line.
It is razor thin, but the Oilers lead on Minnesota is enough to put them at the top of the division and I’m going to celebrate it every time it happens. We shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves, but this team has real talent, and the maddening things of the past–no one who could move the puck smartly out of the zone, Joffrey Lupul trying to push the puck past the blueline after another bloody Staios around the boards rip, the Smid backdoor blues, the Mike York broken hand 5 on 3–well that was earlier but it was a nadir all its own–seem like distant bells. There’s always something good to talk about after game day.
There’s some very nice numbers here and I do believe they could get better. I used to buy the Hockey News every week from Rexall Drugs in Maidstone Saskatchewan and well remember the day when the Habs took over the scoring list. For about 5 years my Bruins would own the top 25 scorers in the league–Orr, Esposito, Hodge, Cashman, Stanfield, McKenzie, Bucyk–but one week in the fall of 1974 Montreal invaded–Lafleur, Peter Mahovlich, Jacques Lemaire, Steve Shutt, even older guys like Yvan Cournoyer–took much of the list from my Bruins. It was horrible, they even had a defenseman (Guy Lapointe) and it felt terrible. That was the beginning of the 4 in a row club of the late 1970′s.
The Oilers haven’t had a lot of names on the top 25 in the last 20 years, I think they’ll have one soon, maybe even this season.
It is a good day.