Edmonton has gone 0-2-1 to start its season-long, six-game road trip, and Dubnyk has come under fire for his lack of stability in the crease.
"He hasn't played as well as we'd hoped," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said Thursday. "I talked to him this morning and he's ready to go out and battle."
Perceived as the team's franchise goaltender coming into the season, the 27-year old started four of Edmonton's first five games, going 0-3-1 with a 5.43 goals-against average and .829 save percentage. Those glaring numbers have led to speculation the Oilers could be looking to trade for an established starting goaltender.
That speculation wasn't aided by Dubnyk being kept out of the Oilers' past two games. In his place, backup Jason LaBarbera allowed seven goals in two losses.
"It's not like I forgot how to play goal," Dubnyk said. "It will be a couple of small adjustments that will make the difference. I just have to relax back there and take on every save one at a time."
Dubnyk will try to regain his confidence against an Islanders team that isn't looking to make too many changes despite losing three straight, including a 4-3 shootout loss Tuesday against the previously winless Buffalo Sabres.
"We played well in the third period," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "To me, it was one of our best third periods of the year. We didn't come out with two points, we weren't rewarded."
Here are the projected lineups for the Oilers and Islanders:
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