It is still early in the season but we are reaching a point where many early season trends are likely to be significant enough to show up in the final results. Some of the numbers posted look likely to last all season, but others seem likely to fade as the season progresses. Perhaps the least sustainable number is the Edmonton Oilers goals against. Edmonton had the third worst goals against per game last year of 3.17. This year they have the second best total in the league at 1.43. This is a 55% improvement from last season. This has been done without any significant changes in personnel.
Last year, Nikolai Khabibulin struggled. He posted a 3.40 GAA and an .890 saves percentage last season. So far this year his numbers are among the league leaders with an 0.72 GAA and a .969 saves percentage. Devan Dubnyk has also improved from .916 and 2.71 to .920 and .931.
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