Edmonton Oilers Outlook: A Reason For Optimism

Posted: 20th October 2009 by Antony Ta in NHL
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There are many reasons for optimism for the Edmonton Oilers of 2009-10. I think I have to eat my words when it comes to goaltending and Nikolai "Shabbybulin." His recent goaltending efforts remind me a lot of one of my childhood heroes, Arturs Irbe. I must admit, Shabby has got some game up his sleeve that I didn't expect. His unorthodox goaltending style and willingness to battle is reminiscent of a goaltending age that is long gone, and the fact that he can still perform at his current level playing his unorthodox style in the new NHL is pretty amazing, I must admit. á (Yeah, he's that old.) Now there are two prevailing streams of thought out there, when it comes to the Oilers being outshot/dominated but still winning games. The first is along the lines of shooting percentag ...

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