Patience is a virtue but Edmonton Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk must be running out of it. After Monday's 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dubnyk has faced defeat in the first ten starts of his career and is still in search of that illustrious first win. The closest he's gotten is a couple of overtime losses, the latest of which occurred on Thursday in Montreal.â†µ
Were it not for Nikolai Khabibulin's injury, Dubnyk likely wouldn't be with the Oilers but here we are. He's posted an .868 save percentage and 4.16 goals against average while going 0-8-2. How can this get any worse you might ask? Well, Dubnyk is 148 minutes away from tying a record set by Mike O'Neill for most minutes played by a netminder without a win to start a career.
O'Neill played 855 minutes and compiled an 0-9-2 record. Dubnyk is up to 707 minutes and counting. Sitting 18 points behind the Western Conference's next closest club, this will at least give the Oilers something to play for hopefully.