EDMONTON - The competition for starting goalie in Edmonton is on hold until Ilya Bryzgalov returns from an upper-body injury, but the moment he’s back the battle is on.
Forget about Bryzgalov coming here to push Devan Dubnyk or to back him up — if the veteran Russian still has game enough to take it, the No. 1 job is his. And the Oilers brass seems intent on giving him every opportunity to prove he can.
Bryzgalov started all three games on Edmonton’s three-game road trip and might have been in line for four in a row when Phoenix visits Tuesday if he hadn’t been bowled over in the second period against Dallas.
Not that Dubnyk isn’t holding up his end. He’s been excellent in his last few appearances (he was the NHL’s third star of the week before Bryzgalov got the three in a row, and he came off the bench to anchor the comeback win in Dallas). But the Oilers want to explore their options, and their best option has a 2.12 GAA and .938 save percentage in parts of four games.