Is Bryzgalov the answer in Edmonton?
November, 11, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN.com
Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty ImagesIlya Bryzgalov heads to Edmonton now, but is it a fool's errand given the defense in front of him there?The Oilers lost again Sunday night. This time, it was a 5-4 defeat at the hands of a heating up Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks team. It was the third consecutive game the Oilers had allowed at least four goals and increased the number of goals per game opponents are averaging against them in November to 4.2. You can't win in the NHL allowing four goals per game, regardless of how much offensive talent you've gathered.
When teams give up five goals, fingers typically point to the goalie. But in this case, the loss wasn't all on goalie Devan Dubnyk. He actually kept the Oilers in the game during a second period in which he stopped 12 of 13 shots by the Blackhawks. Chicago's only goal in the second came from Andrew Shaw, who was left alone in front of Dubnyk and was found on a great pass from Brandon Saad. In this game, there were too many quality opportunities at close range for the Blackhawks.