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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#101 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 07:59PM
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Oh man, hypercolor shirts and pumps shoes. Mmmmm

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#102 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 07:59PM
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Hypercolour is pretty cool, especially when you see a cut girl and start sweating...then it's not so cool.

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#103 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 08:00PM
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Its oay bagged milk the fact we disagree on provincial affairs proves we are not the same person

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#104 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:00PM
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btw..i clicked that link to the game streaming online...and down below the screens that are there..there was a link to channel 5 that's showing the game from the Boston feed. It doesn't have that eastern european flare...but New Englanders are just as colourful.

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#105 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 08:01PM
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Why are you winking at me ference, I am not your sister

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#106 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 08:01PM
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Gold help everyone else, that means there's two of us.

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#107 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 08:02PM
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Your mean I spent 13,95 plus GST for nothing..... DAMNIT

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#108 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:02PM
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did wideman get that souray shot in the sack?

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#109 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 08:03PM
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His name is not chair-a

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#110 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 08:03PM
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I coined the phrase love bag. Feel free to use that instead of sack.

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#111 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:04PM
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do i have to pay you 25 cents to use it?

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#112 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:04PM
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..the phrase...not your love bag.

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#113 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 08:05PM
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GAGNER....3 points please

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#114 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 08:08PM
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ROLI

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#115 baggedmilk
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I'm a giver, it's all free.

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#116 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 08:09PM
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Hey did I hear you guys talking about Brent Butt?

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#117 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 08:09PM
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You know damn well not to talk about Brent Butt.

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#118 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 08:10PM
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So, is it a good sign that Rolli is playing pretty well so far? Or a bad sign that he's playing equally as well as Tim Thomas?

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#119 g
October 27 2008, 08:11PM
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is it me or does horcoff look super slow out there. Rob Brown sucks

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#120 jdrevenge
October 27 2008, 08:12PM
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"....love bag"

lol

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#121 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 08:12PM
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We are having massive computer problems here at the Nation HQ as an aside. If we go dark it's cause we have thrown the laptop against the wall in frustration.

We seem to have the Marian Gaborik Model: Pretty, shows occasional flashes of brilliance but occasionally does nothing.

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#122 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:13PM
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Can computers get annual groin injuries?

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#123 New Guy
October 27 2008, 08:14PM
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Gilbert sure looks like he is earning every penny so far this year doesn't he?

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#124 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:14PM
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He did just make a 4 million dollar block.

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#125 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 08:15PM
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For heavens sakes. Act it out nameless Bruin drone

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#126 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 08:16PM
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For 4 million dollars I would take a tooth brush and spit polish every nook of Bob Stauffer's beach body.

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#127 New Guy
October 27 2008, 08:17PM
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It just occured to me that tie Stauffer was wearing was one of those Cancer fundraising ties.

I'd buy Bobs. I bet it smells like cheese

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#128 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:17PM
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...that's hot.

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#129 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 08:18PM
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I bet it's made of cheese. Probably the only reason he agreed to wear it.

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#130 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 08:18PM
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I'd pay you $400 to reenact Madonna's hit book "Sex" with Stauffer as your counterpart...

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#131 jdrevenge
October 27 2008, 08:18PM
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Everybody looks slow they're cloggin up my neutral zone big time. The oil arent getting any speed on the rush.

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#132 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 08:18PM
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You say that until you venture south of the border and the tooth brush gets entwined in hair just as two lovers do when wrapped up in the kama sutra.

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#133 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 08:19PM
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Stauffer makes an honest living as the Ron Jeremy of radio

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#134 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 08:19PM
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Wanye: SOLD!

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#135 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:20PM
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you what'd be sweet...if the new site re design had a chat room...just sayin.

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#136 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 08:22PM
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Pitkannen is hurt for like 5 weeks in case anyone cares.

On behalf of the OilersNation may I say:

Good

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#137 Wanye Gretz
October 27 2008, 08:23PM
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TTB:

I'd be happy if the redesigned site was up just up and running!

A chat room is actually in the plans - but with a very special twist that we can't roll out till next season I would guess.

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#138 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 08:24PM
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Who the hell let all these Boston fans into Rexall? Last time I checked we had run all the Irish out of Edmonton with flaming pitchforks.

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#139 OilersNinja
October 27 2008, 08:24PM
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SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT

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#140 Irish Guy
October 27 2008, 08:25PM
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"We took a hell of a pitchforking. But 'twas all in good fun."

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#141 baggedmilk
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New site is going to be really sweet. Just saying.

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#142 The Towel Boy
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OMG Gene.

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#143 New Guy
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I hear Bob is being ridden in many of the events this year.

OH MY GOD PRINCIPE YOU DIDNT

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#144 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 08:28PM
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In case anyone cares, the world series is in jeopardy of being called in the 6th inning, and Philly would win the game by default because they are up a run.

So, technically, Rain would become the new World Series Champion.

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#145 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:29PM
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wow jeanshorts...really? I don't think i'd want that to be the way I won my world series title.

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#146 Rammer
October 27 2008, 08:30PM
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No effin' way! I hate rain.

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#147 Wanye Gretz
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I would have given anything for PPV to not have sound still listening to MC Gene there...

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#148 The Towel Boy
October 27 2008, 08:31PM
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me 30 seconds ago: "Where the hell is Cole? He's been quiet."

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#149 jeanshorts
October 27 2008, 08:31PM
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Yeah no doubt. They are trying to keep pushing this game as long as the field and the Cubans will hold up.

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#150 baggedmilk
October 27 2008, 08:32PM
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Yeah we've got an eye on the baseball game and another on the Oilers game. It's pouring rain, but if we stay split focused like this long enough we're going to look like Horcoff.

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