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Oilers to give Bryzgalov first start Thursday

Tuesday, 11.26.2013 / 3:30 PM / News

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Oilers to give Bryzgalov first start Thursday
The Edmonton Oilers will give goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov his first start of the 2013-14 season.

Ilya Bryzgalov will make his first start of the 2013-14 NHL season when the Edmonton Oilers visit the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Bryzgalov stopped 12 of 13 shots Monday night in relief of Devan Dubnyk in the Oilers' 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks and played the final 34:08 of the game.

"It wasn't the best way for us to throw him into the fire," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "I thought he went in and played very well."

Bryzgalov was signed earlier this month after the Philadelphia Flyers bought out his contract over the summer.

The 33-year-old, who has also played for the Anaheim Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes, has a career record of 208-149-45 in 426 appearances with a 2.55 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and 30 shutouts.

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