GDB8: Roli to take on the Bruins

Jason Gregor
October 27 2008 01:33PM

Dwayne Roloson will get his second start of the season tonight. What does this mean?

This is more about Coach MacTavish being frustrated with Mathieu Garon, than it is the Oilers showcasing Roloson. Garon didn’t look good in Vancouver, and he let in a soft third goal in Colorado. The Oilers need him to be better if he’s to be their everyday #1 goalie.

Starting Roloson also is a sign that the coach doesn’t have confidence in young Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers just yet. If he did, tonight would be an ideal time to start the 24-year-old.

This is a huge game for the Oilers. A win puts them two games over .500 before their longest road trip of the season. Then all they would have to do is go 2-4-1 on the road trip and return home .500 after 15 games. If the Oilers are .500 or better after 15 games, with 12 of them on the road they will be ecstatic.

If Roloson plays well, this will muddy the goaltending picture even more, and it will also push Garon to be better. When asked what has been the difference in the last three losses compared to the first four games MacTavish was quick with a response, “Goaltending and special teams, plain and simple.”

That sounds like a coach who is expecting more out of his goalies, and his decision to start Roloson proves that.

Pisani back in

After missing two games with a sore back, Fernando Pisani draws back in centering Ethan Moreau and Eric Cole. Pisani tweaked his back on a snapshot in the morning skate in Chicago, and has been getting treatment for the past four days. He says he feels fine and it shouldn’t be a reoccurring problem.

It looks like Zack Stortini will sit out tonight, as he was the last player on the ice at practice this morning. And Jason Strudwick won’t play due to a sore shoulder.

October and November games matter

After 20 games last season, only one western team that wasn’t in the playoffs at that time (Anaheim) was able to make it in. The Oilers need to be in the playoff race come the first 20 games, or it will be much harder to make up ground. The Oilers schedule could make it easier to make up ground, but they have to be close after 20 games.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 Dave Gagner
October 27 2008, 07:31PM
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What's the matter with you tonight my son?

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#52 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:33PM
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lol ...Dave Gagner...you so funny.

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#53 mjsh
October 27 2008, 07:33PM
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does everyone else have sound on pay per view? I have star choice

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#54 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 07:34PM
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Holy cow thanks Gene. Now show me how skates are tied during the second period.

Im learning

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#55 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:34PM
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lol...a guy named mike is holding the mike for gene principe.

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#56 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 07:34PM
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You haven't watched an Oilers game until you watch the streaming feed with some kind of Russian going on. This is intense.

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#57 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:34PM
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mjsh, i've got sound on bell

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#58 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 07:35PM
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I have sound mjsh

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#59 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:35PM
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jesus grebs. he's gonna get run outta town soon if he keeps this up.

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#60 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 07:36PM
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I want to watch a russian game. Do I need to be subscribed to some sort of Russian mail order bride service to see it baggedmilk?

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#61 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 07:36PM
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Well things haven't been the same since Bergeron left. We need someone to rip on.

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#62 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 07:37PM
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Oh is that so Towel Boy? Your third wife Dennis is on your bad list now? How the worm as turned and is now a shoe on the other foot!

I don't want him to leave town. It would take me months to name another goat. (hint: Gilbert)

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#63 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 07:37PM
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Wanye, here's the link. It's funny as balls. I'm dying laughing and nothing is even happening.

http://nhl-tv.blogspot.com/2008/10/channel-6.html

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#64 Rammer
October 27 2008, 07:38PM
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Not to burst your bubble... but I'm pretty sure it's Czech... hence the recurring scoring chart highlighting Hemsky as the 8th highest point-getter.

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#65 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 07:39PM
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Eastern European none the less.

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#66 mjsh
October 27 2008, 07:39PM
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I finally have sound on the tv. It was kinda funny listening to the play by play from Rod and watching it unfold a couple seconds later.

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#67 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:39PM
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I think Grebs is loaded with potential...I think he's just jittery and nervous cuz he reads this site.

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#68 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 07:39PM
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Bubble has been burst. Either way this is the funniest Oilers game I've ever watched.

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#69 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:40PM
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OK PP...let's DO THIS!

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#70 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 07:40PM
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The Towel Boy Says: October 27th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

OK PP…let’s DO THIS!

Polish Prince? He's back?

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#71 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 07:41PM
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I think every language including english is hilarious. I prefer to communicate in the language of old baud modems.

Observe:

Beep boop beep beep boop BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Guess who I was talking about?

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#72 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:42PM
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booo-urns

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#73 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 07:42PM
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Penner you funkin cheater.

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#74 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 07:43PM
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Wasn't someone complaining about NOT having Penner on the power play? EAT CROW! EAT IT!

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#75 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:43PM
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I put your baud modem text into the bablefish translator...it came up:

Towel Boy is right. Grebs aint that baaaaad.

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#76 New Guy
October 27 2008, 07:44PM
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Well that's one in the can. I'm watching the nation and listening on CHED.

It's not that bad actually. I'm impressed

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#77 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 07:45PM
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Gene: "Want a water Sam?" Gagner: "No thanks" Gene: "Something from the bar?" Gagner: "Thanks but no thanks." Gene: "Sandwich?" Gagner: "Get to it Gene."

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#78 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 07:45PM
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New Guy if you want the link to the streaming game it's above somewhere. Then you can watch it in this spanglish and laugh as hard as I am. I can't wait until someone scores this guy is going to give himself an aneurysm.

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#79 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:45PM
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haha

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#80 I love sam gagner
October 27 2008, 07:45PM
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My loins are afire

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE

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#81 jdrevenge
October 27 2008, 07:47PM
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Gibby looks horrible. He can't even make a pass to Grebs backpeddling with no pressure.

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#82 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 07:48PM
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Rob Brown:

Worst. Hair. Ever.

AAAAAAAAAAA BOB STAUFFER ON TV!

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#83 jim
October 27 2008, 07:48PM
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Flippin' between ON and the Russian/Czech feed (thanks baggedmilk), and listening to Rod describe what I watched about a minute before. This is way better than PPV!

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#84 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 07:49PM
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Bob's everything is screwed. You need help, a thigh master, liposuction, a trainer, complete reconstructive surgery and er

screw it. Stick to radio

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#85 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 07:50PM
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Reinforced buttons on your suit jacket

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#86 New Guy
October 27 2008, 07:51PM
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Three speakers in a round table and I could care less.

How about:

1. Wanye 2. Brownlee 3. Gregor 4. baggedmilk 5. towel boy

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#87 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 07:52PM
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You are a monster Stauffer!!

I like how they put the topic up on the screen

"penalty killing" like we can't hear

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#88 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 07:52PM
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I appreciate the invite to the round table. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

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#89 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 07:53PM
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Stauffer has an important role to humanity. It is his continuous shifting that keeps the planet on its axis. Without it? One season, no ice and no hockey.

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#90 Lubo71
October 27 2008, 07:53PM
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I'm surprised Stauffer could make it considering his big day:

http://perezhilton.com/2008-10-27-fattest-man-getting-married

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#91 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:53PM
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lol...Gene..."hemsky almost ends up in Lloydminster" from the hit by Lucic...funny guy.

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#92 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 07:54PM
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Sweet tap dancing jesus thats funny baggedmilk

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#93 baggedmilk
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I hate Saskatchewan because they are responsible for far too many years of Corner Gas. That show is terrible.

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#94 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 07:55PM
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Holy Smokes baggedmilk. We have an issue. Moose Jaw is my second home.

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#95 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 07:56PM
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Corner gas does suck

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#96 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:56PM
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I went to the airshow in Moose Jaw once...I saw an F117a stealth fighter...it was cool.

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#97 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 07:56PM
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It's ok, we can get past it. Corner Gas is on it's last season. Once it's gone Winnipeg regains asshole of Canada kudos.

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#98 Adam
October 27 2008, 07:57PM
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i was on the phone to get a partial refund from shaw when bob stauffer appeared on screen... i immediately hung up to listen to the master pontificate.

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#99 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:57PM
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You know...back in the 90's...when stealth fighters were "cool".

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#100 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 07:58PM
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You whats cool is Hypercolour shirts

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