Oilers' Dubnyk well enough to practise

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:58 PM ET

Devan Dubnyk was back on the ice Thursday after battling an illness for the previous two days.

It got so bad that the Edmonton Oilers rookie goaltender was unable to sit on the bench in a backup role Tuesday, forcing the team to dispatch an emergency call to Nathan Deobald out of the University of Calgary.

I feel better than I was the last two days, but Im still not feeling great, said Dubnyk. Im tired and my stomach is still not feeling too good. But its great to get back on the ice and hopefully it continues to get better.

Dubnyk fell ill on Monday a day after collecting his second consecutive NHL victory. He was supposed to get the start Tuesday, but was in no condition to play, although he did come down to the arena.

I wasnt sure what the plan was, so I showed up, he said. I wasnt sure if they had found somebody or if I had to sit on the bench. I wasnt feeling so well, so it was probably better for the guys that I wasnt in there. It was probably a good experience for the guy from the U of C to get in there.

I guess I just made a new friend. Hes from Calgary and I know a few guys that play with the U of C and they sent me texts during the day saying he was pretty excited about it. Its always a good opportunity for a guy like that.

While the Oilers have not made an official decision on who gets the call in goal Friday, expect Jeff Deslauriers to make the start with Dubnyk on the bench, even though hes still not 100%.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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