Dubnyk to start against Penguins

The Edmonton Oilers are going to start Devan Dubnyk against the visiting Pittsburg penguins on...

The Edmonton Oilers are going to start Devan Dubnyk against the visiting Pittsburg penguins on Thursday. (Jason Franson/QMI)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 3:39 PM ET

Devan Dubnyk will make the third start of his NHL career against Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.

"It's exciting, an opportunity that you get is always exciting," said the 23-year-old, who began the season in Springfield, but will be thrust to the forefront in Edmonton now that Nikolai Khabibulin is out for the season with back surgery.

Dubnyk is trying his best to treat it like any other game, but that's tough to do with the cavalcade of stars across the ice.

"For me, when I play in Springfield I prepare the same way for any team and I think the same way here," he said. "Obviously I can't sit here and tell you there's not guys here you have to be aware of, but you can't over think. Those guys are so good, as are a lot of guys in this league.

"I've only got four games experience, so I have to be on the top of my game no matter who I'm playing against. Be aware of those guys but approach it like any other game."

ROBERT.TYCHKOWKSI@SUNMEDIA.CA


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