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05-11-2013, 02:31 AM
taunting canadian
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Dubnyk has never "needed to" make any big saves because the team has basically always been out of contention.

Meanwhile, the one time that the current incarnation of the Oilers actually was in "contention", they proceeded to go on a run where they scored 1 goal or less in 8 of their next 10 games. Not surprisingly, they lost those 8 games. So basically the only time in the last 3+ years that the team was playing meaningful games, it was the offense that completely disappeared. We're also talking about a team that was outshot (often by a wide margin) in 34 out of 48 games. If anything, Dubnyk was probably more often deflated by the play in front of him.

I mean, he (and Khabi) would have had to pull off a shutout streak of historic proportions to have given the team any chance of success in these "games that mattered". If anything about the Oilers season should be "deflating", to me it would be the total disappearance of any offensive ability or compete level in that run of 10 games, every single one of which saw the team being outshot, by an average margin of 33 to 25.

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