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BLOG: Bryzgalov starts tomorrow

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

Ilya Bryzgalov gets the start tomorrow against the Dallas Stars after Devan Dubnyk had the last two starts.

Several weeks ago, Coach Eakins remarked that he had every start mapped out between that point and the Olympic break but did admit that he strayed from the plan by going with Dubnyk in Chicago on Sunday. Eakins said that going back to Bryzgalov puts them back on schedule.

“Bryz will play tomorrow. We’ll keep that schedule in place but continue to monitor it. There’s good and bad in having a schedule. It’s good because we have the plan and the guys know they’re playing. The thing I don’t like about the schedule is sometimes it’s better to just have the straight-on competition.

In the interview, Eakins seemed to emphasize that he will certainly lean towards going with the hot hand at this point moving forward.

"If you play well and you’re winning, you’re going. I’m thinking that’s the best way to go back to. If they play well and you can win then we’ll keep you running. We’ll head back to Bryz tomorrow and see where it goes from there."

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