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Oilers, Blue Jackets clash in Edmonton

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Ilya Bryzgalov show has officially landed on Edmonton, but when the performance will get underway is still unknown.

Instead, Devan Dubnyk is likely to get the start on Tuesday night when the Oilers try to secure their sixth straight home victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bryzgalov, of course, became a free agent when he had the final six years of an eight-year, $51 million deal bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers. He went 33-16-7 with a 2.48 goals against average and six shutouts in 59 games during his first season with the Flyers, but was just 19-17-3 with a 2.79 GAA in 40 games last season.

Signed by the Oilers on Nov. 8, Bryzgalov made two starts with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League with mixed results. He gave up five goals on 28 shots in the first game before notching 25 saves in a 4-1 victory the second time out.

Edmonton recalled Bryzgalov from his conditioning stint and he practiced with the Oilers on Monday after backup netminder Jason LaBarbera was placed on waivers.

Despite his appearance, it didn't sound like Bryz will get the start tonight.

"I'm comfortable when (Bryzgalov's) comfortable," said Oilers coach Dallas Eakins of when his new netminder will play. "A lot of this will have to do with if (Dubnyk) can keep rolling like he is. If Dubs keeps going lights out, then he stays in the net."

Dubnyk has been far from lights out this season, going 4-10-1 with a 3.54 GAA in 16 games, but has allowed just six goals over his last three games and notched 33 saves in a 4-2 win over Calgary on Saturday that snapped Edmonton's five-game losing streak.

The Oilers trailed by two goals going into the third period, but got tallies from Boyd Gordon, Jordan Eberle, Ales Hemsky and David Perron to win for just the second time in 12 games.

"Finally in the third period, I thought we had some responses early that our group needed," said Eakins. "This is one that we will certainly try to take home and feel good about ourselves."

The Oilers will play their next three at home and have won five straight and 10 of their last 12 games in Edmonton against Columbus. The Blue Jackets have lost seven of the past 10 overall in this series.

Dubnyk is 6-3-2 with a 2.40 GAA lifetime versus Columbus.

The Blue Jackets are coming off a victory, having bested the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Sunday. Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves, while both Ryan Johansen and Fedor Tyutin had a goal and an assist.

Columbus, which went 3-for-5 on the power play, also got goals from R.J. Umberger and Derek MacKenzie. The Jackets had lost three straight -- all past regulation -- and eight of nine coming in.

"We got some great play from our leaders and all four lines worked well," said Columbus head coach Todd Richards. "We had great goaltending, the defense looked good, there's lots of things you can look at to see why we won this game."

Columbus won the opener of a five-game swing, snapping a six-game losing streak on the road, and Bobrovsky came 2:27 away from the shutout. He should start tonight and is 2-2-0 with a 2.16 GAA in his career versus the Oilers.

Bobrovsky backed up Bryzgalov for a season in Philadelphia before getting dealt to Columbus prior to the lockout-shortened campaign. He went 21-11-6 with a 2.00 GAA and four shutouts with the Blue Jackets, winning the Vezina Trophy.

11/19 10:52:30 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
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x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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