Nikolai Khabibulin off to best start of long career

John Kreiser – The surprising Edmonton Oilers have gotten a lot of attention because of young stars like Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. However, it’s 38-year-old goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin who’s been the biggest difference between the team that finished 30th in the standings in 2010-11 and the one that takes a Northwest Division-leading 9-4-2

Ilya Bryzgalov and Nikolai Khabibulin’s reversal of fortunes

Via Ken Baker – It’s a tale of two Russians. One’s a comeback story starring Edmonton’s 38-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin, who, after a lackluster 2010-11 season and then a summer in which he spent 15 days in an Arizona jail on a driving-under-the-influence charge, was not expected to do great things this year. The other

Nikolai Khabibulin may be returning to his old form

Via John Kreiser – Nikolai Khabibulin has been reminding NHL shooters that he used to be one of the League’s premier goaltenders. Khabibulin and the rest of the Edmonton Oilers had a miserable season in 2010-11 — they finished last overall for the second straight season, and he went 10-32-4 with a 3.40 goals-against

Puck Daddy chats with Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin

via Yahoo’s Puck Daddy Has there been a more surprising resurgence in the NHL this season than that of Nikolai Khabibulin(notes)? 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

Nikolai Khabibulin’s Netminding Making All The Noise

Via ESPN’s Cross Checks Blog A tip of the old blocker to veteran netminder Nikolai Khabibulin, whose career looked to be in shambles both physically and emotionally after last season. The veteran netminder was hampered by ongoing back issues, then was arrested for extreme drunken driving in the Phoenix area while rehabbing in February 2010. Khabibulin

Nikolai Khabibulin steps up for Edmonton Oilers

Via Jim Jamieson – The Province With everybody expecting the Oilers’ young guns to be scoring their way out of trouble this season, not many saw the resurgence of goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin leading the team to early season respectability. The Oilers are right where they left off last season in terms of producing goals. A

Khabibulin Humbled By Experience

Jim Matheson, Yahoo! Sports September 13, 2011 Edmonton Oilers’ goalie Nikolai Khabibulin says his incarceration at the Tent City in Arizona for drunk driving earlier this summer was a sobering experience, something he’s very glad is over with as he tries to rebound from last year’s miserable season. “I’m not going to lie … it