Devan Dubnyk is getting a chance to totally redeem himself.

The Edmonton Oilers goaltender will get the call against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday (7:30 p.m.) at Rexall Place.

Dubnyk sat out Monday’s victory over the New Jersey Devils after struggling in his first two games of the season.

“I think he just has to settle down a little bit” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. “I don’t want anyone to sluff off a questionable performance. But I think he takes it to heart so deeply and he takes it personally — which is a good thing — but it can also be your nemesis. You have to let it go.

“Even though your goal is to have 82 great nights during the season it’s probably not going to happen. You have to understand that.”

Dubnyk has allowed 10 goals in his first two starts of the season and currently posts a 6.52 goals against average and a .831 save percentage. Only Martin Biron of the New York Rangers who was lit up in a relief appearance Tuesday in San Jose has a worse numbers.

“He’s had a couple of goals that he would like to have back but he’s made some huge saves too along the way” Eakins said. “Like anything if the goalie makes save then he’s supposed to do that. Then he lets in a goal and that’s the highlight and that’s what everybody points the finger at.

“I think he just needs to settle down and understand the process. He’s excited to go back in the net (Thursday) which is a good thing he’s not shying away from it. We’ll see how he is I expect him to play well.”

Since being selected by the organization 14th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft Dubnyk has been touted as the Oilers future starter. The future is here and he’s now the club’s top goaltender yet Dubnyk still has his detractors.

His first two starts didn’t help matters bringing up the question whether the changes to goaltending equipment has affected him.

“Thanks for the excuse but it’s not true” Dubnyk smiled. “I’m in the same boat as everybody else I feel fine and it’s not the equipment. It’s two games and I felt good for the majority of the first period in the last game. I’ll just build off that. I know what I have to do to play well I’ve done it lots before and I’m excited to get out there and do it again tomorrow (Thursday).”

A year ago Dubnyk was the least of the Oilers’ problems. He finished the season with a .920 save percentage on a team that struggled in front of him.

While he admits he hasn’t been great early on this year there is still a lot of hockey to be played.

“It’s funny how this early everyone gets excited about different things and everybody seems to like to question what I’m doing” Dubnyk said. “That comes with the territory and I know that I can play I’ve played lots in the past. It’s only been a game and-a-half so there is a lot of hockey left to play and I’m excited to go in there and turn it around. That’s going to be up to me and I’m going to do it for sure.”