'Worst imagined' start for Devan Dubnyk and Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk says he's gotten off to the worst start imaginable this...

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk says he's gotten off to the worst start imaginable this season. (USA Today)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:17 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have always known that you can’t win without good goaltending, but what they’re discovering now is that you can’t even survive with bad goaltending.

And for the last-place Oilers and their rattled and embattled starter, it’s pretty bad.

To borrow a sideline quote from Joe Namath, Devan Dubnyk is strug-a-ling. Like drunk people struggle with tightropes.

To say he’s the worst goalie in the league right now — and there are plenty of Oilers fans saying just that — isn’t even hyperbole. Of the 55 netminders who played this season, Dubnyk ranks 51st in save percentage (.829) and 52nd in goals against average (5.43) in going 0-4 in his first four starts.

He’s better than that. A lot better, but he’s in a major funk that threatens to put the Oilers in a very deep hole.


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