Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 10/28/11
Has there been a more surprising resurgence in the NHL this season than that of Nikolai Khabibulin? Last year saw the Edmonton Oilers goaltender playing in the shadow of his DUI charges from Feb. 2010, for which he'd eventually spend 15 days in an Arizona detention facility. He played 47 games for the Oilers in 2010-11, going 10-32-4 with an .890 save percentage in an injury-plagued year. Before this season, it appeared the 38-year-old goalie's status as a No. 1 goaltender was at an end, with 25-year-old former first-rounder Devan Dubnyk ready to take over. But The Bulin Wall has been sturdy in the opening month of the 2011-12 season: He's 4-0-2 with a great 0.97 goals against average and a .965 save percentage, leading the NHL in both numbers after Thursday night's win over the Washington Capitals. "Going into the season I don't think we had a clear distinction who the No. 1 goaltender would be and who the No. 2 would be," Khabibulin told Puck Daddy this week, prior to the Capi...
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