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BLOG: Eakins on goalie rotation

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Head Coach Dallas Eakins confirmed that the Oilers would start goaltender Ben Scrivens in the home opener against Calgary tomorrow night. The team will then turn around and give Viktor Fasth the start in game two.

“I’ve talked to both of our goalies,” Eakins said. “They fully understand that they are equals. I warned them that a lot of necessary thought from people not in our dressing goes into what this means. I told them that we are starting our best goalie in game one and we’re starting our best goalie in game two. Viktor is going to come right back in Vancouver.”

The Oilers are of the mindset that they have two quality NHL goaltenders. On Tuesday, Eakins said he would love to see both play so well that they split the games right down the middle.

Just because one of them starts the home opener, doesn’t mean it has any more significance than the next game.”

“We think that game one is of equal importance to game two, to game 12, to 13, to 72 or 80,” Eakins said. “They’re all worth the same. We have two goalies that can certainly handle any one of those 82 games.”

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